Biozentrum PhD Fellowships Winter Call 2020
The Biozentrum of the University of Basel, Switzerland has announced the opening of the Winter Call 2020 for the Biozentrum PhD Fellowships. Interested candidates can check out all of the details on the same given below:
With its prestigious and much sought after Ph.D. Fellowships, the Biozentrum enables ambitious and highly motivated young scientists to do their Ph.D. at one of the world’s leading institutes in the life sciences. Unique to this program is the possibility to select a research group after a rotation.
The deadline for applications for the winter call is December 15.
The prestigious Ph.D. fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Shortlisted candidates are invited to the Biozentrum for a week of interviews with group leaders and other opportunities to interact and get to know the Biozentrum.
You must either already hold or expect to soon receive a university degree that qualifies you for a PhD program at the University of Basel (MSc, Diploma, etc.). In exceptional cases, outstanding students with a BSc degree (eg. USA, Canada, Singapore) are also eligible to apply to the fellowships program; they, however, will have to pass additional courses at the Biozentrum after acceptance. If you have already enrolled at the Biozentrum or plan to start your PhD thesis before September 1, or respectively March 1, of the same year as the open call, you are no longer eligible to apply.
The winter call is open until December 15, 2019. Please submit your application online.
Your application must include:
- electronic copies of your diploma/MSc degree with grades and transcripts as pdf files
- CV or scientific résumé (maximum one page, pdf format)
- names and contact information of 2 referees from your previous academic environment (usually faculty members) The referees will be contacted automatically and will be asked for an online evaluation as well as a reference letter.
You will get further information about the application procedure as soon as you have submitted your application.
After the closing date for the open call, applications will be evaluated by all group leaders of the Biozentrum. Based on the feedback from their peers, the Program Committee will shortlist 20-30 candidates who will be invited to the Biozentrum for an interview week (travel and accommodation provided by the fellowship program).
To organize your individual interviews and lab visits during the interview week, you will be asked to indicate 8 to 10 group leaders. You will also present your research in a 10-minute presentation and 10-minute question and answer seminar to the Program Committee and other interested group leaders. A chaperone – a Ph.D. from the fellowships − will be your personal guide during these days, tell you about being a Ph.D. at the Biozentrum and be happy to answer your questions. Two dinners with group leaders and the chaperones, an informal meeting with the Ph.D. Club and a cultural visit to Basel will give you a good insight into Basel and the Biozentrum.
At the end of the interview week, you will be informed about who will receive fellowship offers. We expect your acceptance or declination of the fellowship by September, or March respectively. You can then start your Ph.D. in the following six months.
The committee is made up of one representative from each Focal Area.
- Prof. Marek Basler, (Head of Program) Infection Biology
- Prof. Fiona Doetsch, Neurobiology
- Prof. Christoph Handschin Growth & Development
- Prof. Timm Maier, Structural Biology & Biophysics
- Prof. Erik van Nimwegen, Computational & Systems Biology
|Important dates for the next calls||Summer Call ’20||Winter Call ’20|
|Start of online applications:||February||September 1|
|Closing date for applications:||June||December 15|
|Notification of shortlisted candidates:||beginning of July||beginning January|
|Interview days:||end of August||January 28 – 31|
|Decision of acceptance:||end of August||February|
|Possible start of rotations/thesis:||1.9.2020-1.3.2021||1.3.2020-1.9.2020|