Open Positions

PhD Position in neurodegeneration (100%) in the Polymenidou lab

13.04.2022

The Polymenidou lab is looking for a PhD student interested in combining basic RNA biology and phase separation with translational research on neurodegenerative diseases. Join us to work in a young dynamic group focusing on motor neuron degeneration and frontotemporal dementia.

We are looking for a motivated and creative PhD student with strong interest in neurodegenerative disease mechanisms. The project combines RNA biology and neuroscience and involves different types of neural cultures with super resolution microscopy and other state-of-the-art imaging methodologies.

Please find the full job advertisement here.

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Postdoctoral Position in the Joller lab – Regulatory T Cell Biology

05.04.2022

The Joller Lab currently has an opening for a postdoctoral position to study the specialization of Tregs during inflammatory responses and their interaction with effector T cells as well as the tissue niche. A detailed description can be found here (PDF, 170 KB).

We are always looking for exceptional and highly motivated post-docs with a passion for science and interest in immune regulation and the interplay of different immune compartments. Interested applicants should contact Nicole via email to discuss possible funding schemes or project ideas (please include your CV and a short paragraph outlining your scientific interests and what you hope to achieve during your postdoctoral time).

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PostDoc in Health AI (80 - 100%) in the Krauthammer lab

14.02.2022

The Krauthammer lab is currently looking for a motivated PostDoc in Health AI who will work at the intersection of computation, biology and medicine. Particularly, the candidate will support our ongoing work in applying AI to the space of genetic engineering, including the prediction of base editor outcomes, the optimization of base editors and the optimal use of base editors in complex genetic diseases. This work is part of the University Research Priority Program (URPP) «Human Reproduction Reloaded» (see https://www.humanreproduction.uzh.ch/en/Research-Areas/CRISPR-Technology-in-Human-Reproduction.html ).

More information about this vacant position can be found here.

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PhD Students in the Joller lab

05.04.2022

PhD students interested in joining the Joller lab are exclusively recruited through the Microbiology and Immunology program of the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

Application deadlines are July 1st and December 1st every year.

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Master Students and Medical Students in the Joller lab

Flexible starting date

We regularly have openings for motivated UZH and ETH students with a strong interest in immunology. To discuss possible projects, please send your CV and a few sentences on why you would like to join our lab to Nicole Joller.

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Computational Master Student Projects in the Krauthammer lab

Flexible starting date

The Krauthammer lab is currently looking for Master’s students in the field of Bioinformatics for the following topics:

1. Analyzing cell-free DNA fragmentation patterns in clinical samples

This project aims to improve diagnosis and prognosis through liquid biopsies in cancer and various other diseases. Cell-free DNA (cfDNA) carries information on the epigenetics of distal tissues and organs. We discern epigenetic signatures from cfDNA-sequencing data and connect those to diagnoses and patient outcomes. The student should have basic experience with Unix systems, some experience with at least one scripting language (e.g. Python or R), a strong understanding of biostatistics and a basic understanding of machine learning algorithms. Depending on the experience and interest of the student we offer projects focusing on either:

  • Feature extraction from cfDNA-sequencing data using bioinformatic tools and comparison to nucleosome coverage or methylation data or
  • Representation learning from high-dimensional cfDNA-sequencing data

2. Data integration in Cancer Genomics

The project’s aim is to characterize the effects of transcriptional and epigenetic processes on mutational patterns in cancer. The student should have basic experience with Unix systems and some experience with at least one scripting language (e.g. Python or R). Prior experience with genomics software and data formats is an advantage.


The Krauthammer lab is currently looking for Master’s students in Clinical Data Science for the following topics:

3. Information extraction from German Radiology Report

Large, labeled datasets have driven deep learning methods to achieve expert-level performance on a variety of medical imaging tasks. There are some English radiology report datasets that have been labeled automatically to detect in presence of 14 observations by capturing uncertainties inherent in radiograph interpretation. We would like to investigate different approaches such as the information extraction paradigm to label radiology reports in another language such as German. We plan to explore the possibility of incorporating domain knowledge such as http://radlex.org/ and evaluate the effectiveness of it in the proposed framework. Since a radiology report comes with radiology images, we also would like to investigate the multi-modal approaches in our study.

4. Trait prediction using Big data and machine learning

Genome-wide association studies rely on big cohorts of hundreds of thousands of participants with gene sequences amounting to TB of information. This project is interested in predicting relevant traits like disease risk and identifying this risk’s genetic component. We also are interested in resolving possible confounders in this kind of data, like pairwise interactions.

The model and data reading are already implemented, objectives of a short project would be to:

  • Accelerate data reading and training
  • Perform experiments on performance and hyperparameter tuning.
  • Select the best performing predictor and test in an external cohort.

The student should have experience with Unix Systems, good experience with Python and ML frameworks (preferably TF 2). Additional experience with quantitative genetic tools like plink would be advantageous.

Applications can be done by sending a CV to this e-mail along with a short description of the student’s motivation to join our lab.

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Master Student positions in the Bodenmiller lab

Flexible starting date

The Bodenmiller lab is seeking to fill several Master Student positions, with flexible starting date. These projects are in the field of

  • Quantitative biology I: Simultaneous analysis of up to 100 markers in tumors using a new technology, called imaging mass cytometry [Link]
  • Quantitative biology II: Analysis of how tumor cells become metastatic
  • Computational biology: Computational analysis of signaling networks

Please send your CV and a few sentences why you would like to join our lab to Bernd Bodenmiller

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