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Friday, 24 April 2015

PhD @ Karolinska Institutet (KI)

A doctoral position is an available doctoral education project to which a PhD student is to be recruited. After the selection process the process for admission to doctoral education will commence. An admission decision will not be taken until an individual study plan has been approved by the departmental admission board.For more information regarding doctoral (PhD) education, see:

Studying at Karolinska Institutet

Description of research group and project

  • The research group of Carsten Daub at the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition aims at understanding the changes of transcriptional regulation connected to diseases, either as consequence or as cause for the disease. For this, we are working together with several research groups in the medical and clinical field at Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska Hospital as well as with other research groups and consortia around the world.
  • We profile the expression of coding and non-coding transcripts using RNASeq, Cap Analysis Gene Expression (CAGE) and small RNA-Seq. Employing state-of-the-art computational methods we infer likely underlying gene regulatory events. By intensively discussing with our collaborators we take full advantage of the usually rich body of knowledge available for the studied disease or process together with complementary phenotypic sample characteristics. Through this, and together with our collaborators, we are as a team able to identify a core set of targets for in-depth functional validation. The Daub lab is co-affiliated with the Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab), Sweden’s largest high-throughput sequencing and proteomics facility.
The position offered here is part of a European Union Marie Sklodowska Curie Initial Training Network named “ZENCODE-ITN” ( The scientific focus of the consortium is to understand genome regulation through combined experimental and computational approaches in the model vertebrate zebrafish. The consortium aims at training young scientists in both computational biology and experimental wet lab biology. The consortium comprehensively annotates functional epigenetic and transcribed elements, decipher genomic codes of transcription, as well as coding and noncoding gene function during vertebrate development and enhance zebrafish as an attractive developmental, comparative genomic and disease model. The appointed fellow will immensely benefit from other training network participants, which include major zebrafish genomics laboratories, eminent computational biologists and world-class genomics technology experts.


  • The consortium will produce a variety of complementary genome-wide data including ChIP-Seq, CAGE, miniCAGE, and RNA-Seq. The PhD student will first develop data structures that are the basis for sharing heterogeneous data across the consortium as well as for data dissemination with the publication. The student will consolidate consortium data and develop annotation strategies together with the consortium members. Importantly, the student will creatively develop and implement data visualization methods for the consortium data including primary data and analysis results. The student will also be involved in data analysis of consortium data related to specific biological questions.


The PhD program at Karolinska Institutet corresponds to 4 years full time studies. We are seeking a highly motivated and talented PhD student who creatively plans, thoroughly executes and interprets data structures, annotation and visualization of heterogeneous high-throughput sequencing data. As successful candidate you have a masters degree in Bioinformatics, computer science, computational biology or a related field. Systematic thinking and excellent programming skills are essential. Experience with analysis of high-throughput data and experience with sequencing data is a strong plus. Excellent communication skills, a proactive and constructive personality as well as fluent English speaking and writing abilities are expected.
  • The position is funded by a European Union Marie Sklodowska Curie Initial Training Network (ITN). Therefore, potential candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment, and have no more than 4 years of research experience since the degree that would qualify for admission onto the PhD programme, e.g. Masters degree.

Entry requirements for doctoral education at KI

To be eligible for doctoral education following requirements has to be met:

General entry requirements A person meets the general entry requirements for doctoral/third-cycle/PhD education (according to Higher Education Ordinance Chapt 7, section 39) if he/she:
  1. has been awarded advanced/second-cycle/master qualification (i.e. master degree) or
  2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle/master level, or
  3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Specific entry requirements

  • Proficiency in English equivalent to the course English B/English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school:
  • Proficiency in the English language can be documented by an internationally recognized test such as TOEFL or IELTS, see web-link below for more information.
  • Applicants who meet the general entry requirements (1 or 2 above) from a university in one of the Nordic countries fulfill the requirements in English.
  • For more information regarding general and specific entry requirements:

Assessment criteria

A selection will be made among qualified applicants on the basis of the ability to benefit from doctoral education. Karolinska Institutet uses the following bases of assessment:
  • Documented subject knowledge of relevance to the area of research
  • Analytical skill
  • Other documented knowledge or experience that may be relevant to doctoral studies in the subject

The qualifications of the applicants will be evaluated on an overall basis.

Terms and conditions

  • The most common way of financial support for doctoral students at KI is doctoral grant the first year and a doctoral studentship (doctoral employment) for year 2, 3 and 4. During the time between recruitment and admission a short-term employment can be offered for up to 6 months.

Application process

An application must contain the following documents in English:

  • A personal letter and curriculum vitae
  • A copy of degree certificates and associated certificates
  • A copy of degree projects and any previous publications

The application is to be submitted through the MyNetwork recruitment system.

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Monday, 20 April 2015

Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Awards 2015

These Awards will honor four scientists, whose outstanding research in the life sciences is contributing to progress in global health, specifically in the following fields:

Sanofi Institut Pasteur Awards 2014 - Meet Dr Etienne

Sanofi Institut Pasteur Awards 2014 - Meet Dr Priscille Brodin

Sanofi Institut Pasteur Awards 2014 - Meet Dr Nadine

Sanofi Institut Pasteur Awards 2014 - Meet Dr Jean-Laurent Casanova

There will be three categories of awards:

  1. One International Senior award (€ 125 000)
  2. One International Mid-career award (€ 75 000) 1
  3. Two National Junior awards (€ 50 000 each) 2
Deadline to submit nominations:Tuesday, 28th April, 2015

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

PhD fellowship @ NTNU


PhD fellowship in Micro- and Nanofabrication for Neurobiology

Medical technology, nanomedicine, bionanotechnology, and biotechnology are strategic areas within NTNU. By coupling nanotechnology/microsystems directly with biomedicine and biotechnology, novel approaches for discovery, diagnosis and therapy are expected to emerge.
The PhD position is for 3.5 years including a total of 30 credits from NTNU's PhD courses. For regulations concerning the PhD-degree at NTNU, please see:
  • The PhD position is part of start-up projects in designing, making and testing of microfluidic devices and electrophysiological reading of designer neuronal cell networks, neurons-on-a-chip. More specifically the PhD student will design and fabricate in PDMS microchannels and/or biofunctionalized gold-on-glass patterns to study cellular assemblies, neuron-bundle function and axonal outgrowth to enable creation of functional neuronal cell circuits and study neuronal plasticity. At later stages it is expected that these designer neuronal cell networks will be monitored on microelectrode arrays (MEAs).

Winter in Trondheim 2014, by Natural Light

The successful applicant is expected to work independently in the cleanroom and with biological testing of devices in close collaboration and communication with biomedical research environments. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to have a 6-12 month research stay at a collaborating laboratory abroad. The applicant must start in the position at the latest September 2015. A strong background in microfabrication for life science is recommended. Candidates with a strong background in microsystems for neurobiology will be preferred.

For this position the applicants must have:

  • a master’s degree or equivalent education, submitted no later than May 2015. The academic record must have a weighted average grade of B or higher, in accordance with NTNU’s grading system.
  • training with relevance to this project
  • experience in microfabrication, microsystems, or nanotechnology for life sciences, ideally with experience with microfluidics, mammalian cell biology (neurobiology), cell culture, electrophysiology and microscopy

Emphasis will also be placed on

  • the candidates’ motivation for the position
  • documented ability to work independently and as a team player
  • the ability to communicate and give oral and written presentations in English
  • A successful applicant is highly competent, flexible and an ambitious person
    Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:
  • A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. If necessary, we will adapt the workplace for people with disabilities. Increasing the number of women in academic positions is an important priority for the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
  • Depending on qualifications and academic background, PhD candidates at the Faculty of Medicine will be remunerated at wage levels 50-58 on the Norwegian State salary scale, with gross salary from NOK 429 400 – NOK 491 100a year, of which 2 % is deducted for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A yearly amount for operating costs will be added. The appointment will be made in accordance with current regulations and supplementary rules with guidelines for employment as PhD candidate appointments at universities and university colleges.

How to apply:

The allocated means are intended for new fellowships. Candidates who hold, or have already held a PhD position at NTNU cannot be rehired at NTNU in the same type of position.
The candidate must be fluent in both spoken and written English. Candidates from non-English speaking countries outside the Nordic countries must provide official documentation of their English competence. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). The following results are required: TOEFL: 600 / writing 4.5 (paper-based test), 92 / writing 22 (internet- based test) IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted) CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

The candidate’s motivation, skills and personal qualifications for the position and project should be described in the application letter. The application should contain the following attachments:

  • Applicants’ CV (including list of publications, relevant former positions and copy of relevant transcripts and diplomas)
  • Short statement from a former supervisor/tutor/teacher
  • Contact information for two references (including email addresses and telephone number)
  • Other relevant information
  • Deadline for applications: April 30th 2015
  • For further information about the position, please contact Professor, Øyvind Halaas, Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine. Phone (+47) 977 90 870,
  • For information concerning the application process, please contact: HR-consultant Mariann Hansen (+47) 482 80 634,

Thursday, 9 April 2015

ERC-funded PhD studentship @ Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology


The Vader lab at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund, Germany invites applications for a three-year, ERC-funded PhD position. We use the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to study how cells maintain genomic stability during meiosis, the specialized cell division that is essential for sexual reproduction. We are broadly interested in understanding how organisms manage the processes of DNA break formation and repair during meiosis. To study this, we use genome-wide analysis of DNA break formation coupled with genetics, molecular cell biology and biochemistry.

  • The successful candidate must have obtained a MSc degree in biology, molecular life sciences or a related field. Previous experience in yeast genetics, next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics or cell biology is considered a plus. Candidates are expected to become part of the International Max Planck Research School in Chemical and Molecular Biology (

For more specific information on research projects and themes please visit:, or

  • Applications (written in English) should be directed to: and include
  • A cover letter discussing your research interests and future plans
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation

Friday, 27 March 2015

PhD @ University of Lausanne (Switzerland)


Two PhD (graduate) student position are open in the lab of Prof. Vladimir Katanaev at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Lausanne (Switzerland). The lab works on intracellular signaling, especially on the Wnt signaling pathway, utilizing a range of approaches from Drosophila genetics to mathematical modeling. Check the lab’s web-page: for more information.

  • One PhD student position is reserved for investigation of details of Wnt signaling in Drosophila; past experience in Drosophila genetics is a must for it. The other position is for a project aiming at systems-biology investigation of G protein-coupled receptor signaling in mammalian cells; past experience with mammalian cell cultures is a must, experience in imaging, bioinformatics, or mathematical modeling is a plus for this position.

Le savoir vivant:The living knowledge

How To Apply

Applications from motivated candidates, composed of:

  1. cover/ motivation letter
  2. CV
  3. publication list
  4. description of experimental techniques mastered
  5. names/contact information of 2-3 referees

should be sent to the following address:, with the “subject” line indicating “application to Prof. Katanaev”. Please indicate which project you are applying for.

The expected (but flexible) starting date of the projects is July-August 2015

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

International PhD Programme @ IMB,Mainz, Germany


About the International PhD Programme

International PhD Programme (IPP) gives talented and enthusiastic students the opportunity to undertake PhD research at the cutting edge of modern biology. Projects within the Programme address key questions related to the overarching theme of Dynamics of Gene Regulation, Epigenetics & Genome Stability.

  • groups cover a broad range of expertise in biochemistry, genetics, cell and developmental biology, bioinformatics, systems biology, and applied physics.The fields we study range from embryonic development, ageing and disease to analysis of high-throughput datasets, modeling of regulatory gene networks and the development of ground breaking super-resolution microscopes. This range of expertise and the open and vibrant atmosphere within the Programme encourages multidisciplinary collaborations and innovative research. Moreover, a range of scientific and social events are organised to ensure high levels of exchange and collaboration between the participating groups.

The Programme is coordinated by the Institute of Molecular Biology - a recently founded centre of excellence in the life sciences. Participating groups are located at the:

  • There are over 35 groups participating in the IPP. For a full list, please see IPP Groups.
  • Core funding for the International PhD Programme comes from the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation. As a PhD student your research will be overseen by an expert Thesis Advisory Committee who will be there to support you in your research and provide you with advice. This programme thus provides an excellent opportunity to interact closely with a number of top scientists during the course of your study.
  • To download our flyer for the International PhD Programme, please click here: PDF. If you have any questions that are not answered here, you can contact us using the details on the contact page.

Apply to the International PhD Programme

The registration and application platform for our winter call 2014/2015 is closed. Many thanks to everyone who applied!

The IPP summer 2015 call will open in April.

Important dates (summer call 2015):

  • Registration deadline: 20 June 2015
  • Deadline for uploading reference letters: 27 June 2015
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by email and invited to interview. Interview Days held at IMB on: 9 – 11 September 2015
  • Successful applicants will start their PhD studies between October 2015 and April 2016.

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

PhD @ The University of Adelaide


Two positions are available and are open to both international and domestic students. Applicants should have interest and a record of exceptional academic achievement in at least one of the following areas: ancient DNA, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, or molecular biology. The projects will suit hard-working and motivated candidates who can demonstrate independent thinking and good communication skills. Training will focus on the generation and analysis of Next Generation Sequencing data, with potential for fieldwork and opportunities to gain skills in both molecular biology laboratory techniques and bioinformatics.

The University of Adelaide - Seek Light

  • PhD opportunities available in ancient plant genomics and domestication at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), Adelaide, Australia
  • We are currently conducting a number of exciting projects investigating the genomic evolution of ancient cereal species during periods of environmental change associated with the beginning of agriculture in the Near East (supported by Australian Research Council grants). Key aims of these projects are to:
  1. Use advanced ancient DNA and next-generation sequencing approaches to characterise the genomic diversity of ancient wheat, barley, and rye crops
  2. Identify novel alleles associated with stress tolerance to salt, water, and disease
  3. Perform functional characterisation and structural modelling of target loci identify potential changes in protein structure
  4. Use ionomics approaches to analyse the interaction between change genetic diversity responses

Ancient cereal seeds and environmental samples have been taken from Areni-1, a Late Chalcolithic cave site in southern Armenia. The cave contains a large array of ancient plant material and cultural artifacts, including the world’s oldest shoe ( and evidence of the world’s first winery (

  • ACAD collaborates with a team of high-profile international researchers from Europe and the USA, and successful applicants will be co-supervised by Prof. Alan Cooper and Dr Jimmy Breen at ACAD, School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide. For more information about ACAD, check out for links to Twitter, Facebook, our blog, recent publications and the official website.

How To Apply

  • Interested applicants are encouraged to send a resume, a cover letter, and the contact details of three referees to Dr Jimmy Breen ( Scholarships now open for mid-year intakes. Closing date for international students is 30th April, and 31st May for domestic students.
  • Both the Australian Department of Immigration and University of Adelaide expect international applicants to meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. The ELP is based on high scores in IELTS(International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). For further information please refer to


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