Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)

EPFL Life Sciences Independent Research (ELISIR) scholar at EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)

Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

The position offers a finishing doctoral student or a recent PhD graduate with a track-record of excellence and creativity the opportunity to work as an independent principal investigator with a small team to conduct innovative research in any area of the life sciences. Nominations in computational biology are particularly encouraged.

ELISIR scholars have an independent research budget, access to state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure in addition to a mentorship program. The position is an attractive springboard for scientific and career development. ELISIR scholars are not tenured and appointed for an initial period of 3 years, which can be renewed for another 2 years. ELISIR scholars have the opportunity to seek additional external funding.

The vibrant interdisciplinary research community at the EPFL School of Life Sciences fosters interactions with allied disciplines on campus, including engineering, physics, chemistry and computer sciences. EPFL offers an English-speaking work environment, and competitive salaries and benefits. EPFL strives to increase the diversity of its principal investigators and strongly encourages women to apply.

Who can apply?

- Young researchers with a track record of excellence, having earned their PhD degree by the time they begin at EPFL and less than 18 months before the application deadline; EPFL PhD graduates are not eligible.
- Applicants must be nominated by their PhD supervisor or by a leader in the research community.

Your application must include:

- Cover letter, brief CV, publication list, a 3-page research proposal for the 5-year period – all in one PDF file
The deadline for application is April 1st, 2020. The full application material, including the nomination letter and the two reference letters, must be submitted via the website:
Successful applicants will be invited for interviews on May 27/28th, with an ideal starting date in the fall of 2020.

Further enquiries should be made to: Professor Pierre Gönczy

For additional information on EPFL and its School of Life Sciences, please consult: or

EPFL is an equal opportunity employer and a family friendly university.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.