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PhD position at the Institute of Infectious Diseases, University of Bern

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PhD position at the Institute of Infectious Diseases, University of Bern

Description: A PhD student position is available at the Institute for Infectious Diseases (IFIK; University of Bern) to investigate multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria isolated from humans (hospitalized and in community), animals (food animals, pets, and wild), food chain (especially meat), and environment with a One-Health approach. The project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) under the NRP 72 call "National Research Programm - Antimicorbial Resistance".

Skills requested: The student must be enthusiastic for research in the field of antibiotic resistant bacteria and next-generation sequencing technologies. A broad panel of classic and advanced molecular techniques, as well as standard phenotypic susceptibility tests, will be also implemented during the project. Therefore, candidates with a background in microbiology (more specifically in bacteriology) and molecular biology are well qualified. Ideally, the candidate should possess an already acquired experience with Illumina and Nanopore whole genome/plasmid sequencing, along with genome assembly and annotation procedures. The student must also fulfill the requirements to be accepted as a PhD student by the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Bern. Fluency in spoken and written English is required; other languages (German and French) would be advantageous.

We offer: The IFIK provides an international working atmosphere with regular seminars in English language and offers the most modern laboratory equipment and a multidisciplinary setting. Results of research will be presented by the PhD student at international meetings. The student will be enrolled in the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Bern (www.gcb.unibe.ch). Salary will be according to the guidelines of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Percentage of salary: 100%

Starting date: March 1st, 2018

Duration: 36 months

Last day for sending application: January 15th, 2018.

Please send your application in English (including CV, motivation letter, copy of Master degree certificate, and contact information of at least two referees) electronically. Only the three top candidates will be contacted by January 15th, 2018 for the final round of selection.  

Contact person: Prof. Andrea Endimiani MD, PhD - Institute of Infectious Diseases (IFIK; University of Bern). Phone: +41-31-632 86 32 - Email: andrea.endimiani@ifik.unibe.ch

Homepage: www.ifik.unibe.ch

Institut für Infektionskrankheiten
Mr Andrea Endimiani
Friedbühlstrasse 51
3001 Bern
T: 031 632 83 32