International PhD program | Life Sciences @ University of Geneva, Switzerland: The Faculty of Sciences of the University of Geneva offers an outstanding research environment for studies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences. The departments of Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution, Molecular Biology and Plant Biology have united their efforts to provide an extensive educational background and possibilities in research that are necessary to meet the scientific challenges of the future. All students in the program take part in a common curriculum creating a team spirit and facilitating exchange. Over thirty research groups participate in the program offering a wide variety of research themes. There are currently over 80 PhD students in the host labs and we predict approximately 15 new entries each year. International PhD program | Life Sciences @ Uni. of Geneva, Switzerland.
All students entering the program are remunerated according to the standards of the University of Geneva, which are above those of the Swiss National Science Foundation and generous when compared to other international PhD program.
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International PhD program | Life Sciences @ Uni. of Geneva, Switzerland
The normal duration of a PhD thesis is 4 years, but funding can be secured for up to 5 years when necessary. A dedicated program including formal course work in the first year (3 hours per week, 30 weeks) is team taught and covers advanced topics in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology, including 2 weeks on the ethical conduct of science. All course work is in English. During the first year the students begin research in the laboratory that they have chosen and produce a written thesis project to be defended orally in front of their thesis advisory committee (their thesis advisor, a co-advisor, and a third group leader from another department).
As far as is possible the students can choose their thesis advisor. The subsequent years are devoted mainly to research, seminars, and a yearly student retreat. At least one external workshop (for example, SKMB, FEBS, EMBO) should also be attended during this time. Students will be given the opportunity to communicate their passion for science in a variety of teaching activities ranging from helping undergraduate students in laboratory courses to hosting the public during “open house” days. A moderate amount of teaching is expected as it is considered an important aspect of PhD training.
While most of the successful candidates will have a strong background in molecular life sciences (Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, Molecular Biology/Genetics, Cell Biology), exceptionally motivated students from other scientific branches (e.g. Physics, Chemistry) with a strong interest for life sciences are encouraged to apply.
- Applicants should have a Master’s degree in the Sciences or its equivalent
- An equivalent usually includes 9 semesters of University level training with a written research project
- Applicants should have a good knowledge of English
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