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PhD Student in Bern


The Institute for Infectious diseases (ifik) at the University of Bern provides services in diagnostics, research and teaching with regard to the clarification, pathogenesis and prevention of human infectious diseases. We are looking for a PhD student for a research project focusing on the polysaccharide capsule of S. pneumoniae. The candidate will be a member of research group of about 5 people at ifik (DOI) .

Tasks The aim of the project is to investigate the impact of different oligosaccharides on the growth and thickness of the capsule of S. pneumoniae . This study will be carried out with the latest sequencing technologies and the analysis of such data will be learned (e.g. RNAseq and 16S rRNA sequencing). Furthermore, there is the possibility to learn and develop a wide range of laboratory skills in the field of microbiology. Requirements
  • Master's degree in life science or equivalent
  • Background in microbiology and molecular biology
  • Strong interest in '-omics' technologies
  • Excellent English language skills (oral and written)
  • We offer
  • University, encouraging and challenging working atmosphere
  • Cantonal employment conditions and social benefits
  • Integration into a dynamic research environment at the interfaces of clinic, diagnostics, education and research
  • Academic supervision within the framework of the "Graduate School of the University of Bern" (GCB)
  • Information about the application Start of employment: 01.01.2021 or by agreement. Limited to 3.5-4 years.

    You can find more about the advertised position and the Institute for Infectious Diseases
    here: www.ifik.unibe.ch

    Relevant publication on the project: https://www.jbc.org/content/294/46/17224.long

    For questions about the position, please contact PD Dr. Markus Hilty at: markus.hilty@ifik.unibe.ch

    Please send your application with the usual documents (letter of motivation, CV, grades and at least two letters of reference) electronically by 20.11.2020 to PD Dr. Markus Hilty: markus.hilty@ifik.unibe.ch

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