PhD position

University of Bern
January 20, 2023
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PhD position

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“mBiomR; Unravelling the Mechanisms and Dynamics Underlying the Response of Intestinal Bacteria from the ESKAPE group to Antimicrobial Treatment”

A PhD position is available at the Research Laboratory of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, based in the laboratories of the Medical Research Centre of Kantonsspital St. Gallen, in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Starting date: April 1st, 2023 Duration: 3.5 years Working place: St. Gallen

The Medical Research Centre at Kantonsspital St.Gallen, where the laboratory of experimental infectious diseases is based, supports researchers at the hospital with a wide range of services and technically advanced infrastructure in order to translate the diverse research ideas intoproductive research projects with specialized knowledge and practical support in performing sophisticated techniques and complex administrative procedures. For more information see: https: // www. and https: // www. research-labs. As a central hospital, the Kantonsspital St.Gallen ensures specialized supra-regional centre care for the whole of Eastern Switzerland and offers attractive working conditions for around 6000 skilled workers. At the Kantonsspital St.Gallen – as a medical service provider at university level –research and innovation play a central role.More information at www.

Your Tasks and Perspectives

  • Identifying antibiotic resistance patterns of ESKAPE pathogens and determining their mode of resistance mechanisms
  • Performing molecular experiments on resistant Gram-negative pathogens
  • Genome-editing (cloning and Crispr/Cas9)
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations and active contribution in shaping the project
  • Willingness to draft own projects, on which you will work independently
  • Preparing findings for presentation at local and international conferences and publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Your Requirements

  • Master's degree in Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Molecular Biology or related fields
  • Basic experience of designing and running experiments with microbial cultures in the laboratory and hands-on experience with key biochemical and molecular biological methods
  • Highly motivated person that is both eager to work independently and to actively contribute to an interactive and supportive team and therein to a positive lab environment
  • A strong background and interest in microbiology and preferably in antimicrobial resistance of Gram-negative pathogens
  • active contribution in shaping the project
  • willingness to draft own projects, on which you will work independently
  • Creativity and self-directed problem solving are key to success in this position as well as excellent teamwork and communication skills in English
  • We offer

  • Salary according to Swiss National Science Foundation standards
  • High level of personal responsibility in the assigned work area
  • Opportunity to develop following projects with a lot of academic freedom and support from the senior members in the team
  • Involvement in cross-disciplinary collaborations
  • The project offers an opportunity to carry out basic molecular microbiology research with a real-world impact (antimicrobial drug resistance and their impact on patient's health)
  • Various offers for employees in the area of health promotion, job and family, mobility, various benefits, etc.
  • Application and contact

    For any inquiries regarding the position, please contact Mrs. PD Dr. Baharak Babouee Flury, e-mail:

    All applications should be accompanied with:

  • Copies of degree transcripts - translated into English in order for the Graduate Studies Office to make a decision on academic eligibility
  • An application letter (outlining your motivation and what your skills will add to this project
  • Contact information of two references
  • Timely subscription to the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB) at the University of Bern is in responsibility of the applicants. The courses for the PhD studies will take place at the University in Bern. The candidate will have to be flexible to travel to Bern for course attendance.
  • Please send your application by

    email until January 20th, 2023

    to For any inquiries regarding the position, please contact PD Baharak Babouee Flury.

    If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Mrs. Lindita Babatinca, Head of Personnel Division, phone +41 71 494 32 14


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