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PhD Internship in Neuroscience for 12 months - RiSE (m/f/d)

F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG
Basel, Canton of Basel-Stadt (CH)
Closing date
17 Oct 2023

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Job Type
PhD Studentship
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Job Details

Effects of GABAergic dysfunction on brain circuit connectivity

The Position

The RiSE program (Roche Internships for Scientific Exchange) is a highly competitive student research program at Roche. It offers the most talented postgraduate PhD and medical degree students the opportunity to be fully integrated into our interdisciplinary and international industry R&D environment. As a RiSE student you will enhance your competencies, gain valuable work experience with us, and eventually become part of a world-wide network of RiSE Alumni.

The Neuroscience and Rare Diseases Discovery and Translational Area (NRD DTA) is developing medicines for a range of serious neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, spinal muscular atrophy, and Huntington’s disease.

As RiSE student in the NRD, you will join our Neurotransmitter Receptor group within the Systems Neuroscience Section at the Roche Innovation Center Basel, Switzerland. You will perform electrophysiological recordings and MRI analyses of white matter tracts to test the effect of aberrant GABAergic signalling during development on local and interregional connectivity. You will be hosted and mentored by a Roche scientist who will guide you through your research and provide you with the needed work infrastructure and collaborative network.


During the internship your tasks will include:

  • conduct laboratory research and work closely within a small team of scientists, postgraduate students and research associates
  • perform work with animals (LTK1 certificate or equivalent is required) including brain slice preparation
  • perform patch-clamp recordings from neurons, immunohistochemical stainings and microscopy imaging
  • support fiber-tracking MRI in rodents
  • analyse data and present results during internal meetings


Who You Are

You’re someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies. Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.

Moreover you are/have:

  • Enrolled in a PhD or medical degree program at a university and are looking to expand your experience with an industry internship ( must be enrolled at university for 50% of the duration of your stay at Roche )
  • Neuroscience background and competency in ex vivo brain slice patch-clamp electrophysiology
  • Good data analysis and statistical capabilities
  • Solid understanding of biochemistry and imaging methods. Programming skills (e.g. python) are desirable


Information about application documents and start date:

The preferred start date of the internship is October 2023 or upon availability.

Applications need to include a CV and a cover letter, as well as a letter from your academic supervisor supporting your application to the RiSE Program. Optional: academic transcripts and additional reference letters

Please note that due to regulations non-EU/EFTA citizens have to provide a certificate from the university stating that an industry internship is mandatory as part of the university training.


Do you know what Roche stands for? Roche embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

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Who we are

At Roche, more than 100,000 people across 100 countries are pushing back the frontiers of healthcare. Working together, we’ve become one of the world’s leading research-focused healthcare groups. Our success is built on innovation, curiosity and diversity.

Basel is the headquarters of the Roche Group and one of its most important centres of pharmaceutical research. Over 10,700 employees from over 100 countries come together at our Basel/Kaiseraugst site, which is one of Roche`s largest sites. Read more.

Besides extensive development and training opportunities, we offer flexible working options, 18 weeks of maternity leave and 10 weeks of gender independent partnership leave. Our employees also benefit from multiple services on site such as child-care facilities, medical services, restaurants and cafeterias, as well as various employee events.

We believe in the power of diversity and inclusion, and strive to identify and create opportunities that enable all people to bring their unique selves to Roche.


Roche is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


If you want to advance your career with a leader, consider Roche. We rank among the worlds foremost corporations providing innovative healthcare solutions, continuously investing in medical research and development. By preventing, diagnosing and treating a range of health disorders, our products and services have enhanced the health and quality of life of people around the world. Specifically, we focus on disease areas where the medical needs are greatest such as cancer, viral infections, disorders of the metabolic and central nervous systems, and inflammatory diseases. To address them, we have brought many highly effective drugs onto the market.

Be part of a winning company


Working at Roche means working at the forefront of innovation. Over the years, we have often engaged in new market trends or even set them and sometimes created entirely new markets. Our cutting-edge technologies and healthcare solutions were occasionally developed with unconventional methods but always with the highest standard of quality in mind.

Our Diagnostic division is the world leader in in-vitro diagnostics, our Pharmaceutical Division is the No. 1 supplier of cancer medicines.

Capitalizing on the exciting possibilities offered by genome research, our diagnostics and pharmaceuticals businesses also work together to develop integrated solutions that can be customized to individual patients' needs. As examples of our accomplishments, see our most recent awards.

Last but not least, we continue to grow. In an ever-changing industry, we are able to offer long-term organizational stability while permanently addressing new challenges. You will have the opportunity not only to learn and move forward but also to make your mark.

Thrive on our performance culture


You are used to giving your all to your career. Shouldn't your employer do the same?

As we keep reinventing ourselves, we depend on our people to take initiative and push ahead. That's why we value active, forward-looking self-starters willing to promote innovation in all aspects of our business. And since we look at competencies across functions and geographies, youll certainly be able to align your interests with our business needs.

As one way of showing our appreciation for your valuable work, we offer attractive compensation packages. Designed in line with our individual business locations, they make sure you will be able to meet the financial demands of your environment more than adequately. Also, we believe in having our employees share in the success of the company. Our employee share plan Roche Connect enables you to purchase shares at a 20% discount. It is currently available in 41 countries.

Enjoy our inspiring work environment


At Roche, we foster a culture of debate, mutual respect, and diversity. We encourage everyone to be open to discussing and considering new ideas. Your experience is key to this vital exchange, which helps us develop the skills of more junior employees. And not only that: you will soon realize that it also inspires you to expand your own professional capabilities. One of the core elements of our culture is feedback. After all, sharing knowledge promotes the development of new ideas, which is one of our key competitive strengths. The Roche Europe Forum is one of several global platforms for exchanging information on business policy and strategy.

With our focus on natural, long-term growth, Roche depends on the contributions of talented and committed professionals like you who are determined to drive our progress. In turn, we make sure your work environment leaves you the space you need to attend to your personal goals, meet your family obligations, and pursue your professional development. We also have a variety of site-specific plans and programmes in place which offer flexible working-time models, sports and recreation offers, and more. This way we help you concentrate on your priorities resting assured that all aspects of your life are taken care of.

In short, think of Roche as a successful, forward-looking global player where your career will continue to flourish.


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