University of Lausanne (UNIL)

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Lausanne (UNIL)

Epalinges, Vaud, Switzerland

The laboratory of Prof. Petr Broz in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Lausanne, Switzerland seeks to recruit a passionate postdoctoral researcher to join an interdisciplinary project on the role of

‘Cell death in host-pathogen interaction and immunity’

The Broz lab investigates the role of cell death during pathogen infection or sterile inflammation. A particular focus of the lab is pyroptosis, an inflammatory type of cell death caused by gasdermin family members. Gasdermins are new family of pore-forming proteins that are activated by proteolytic cleavage, and which permeabilize cellular membranes to induce inflammation and cell death.

Job information

Expected start date in position : to be agreed

Contract length : 1 year, renewable, maximum 5 years

Activity rate : 100%

Workplace : Department of Biochemistry, Epalinges

Your responsibilities

We are looking for a creative and determined candidate with strong analytical and experimental skills and an interest in studying the role of gasdermins in cellular homeostasis and disease. You will be working in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team that tackles complex biological problems and draws from the fields of immunology, signaling, molecular biology, microbiology and biochemistry. You will coordinate approaches to identify the mechanism of gasdermin activation, regulation and their physiological function, supervise Msc/PhD students and publish as first author in highly visible journals. Existing skills with regard to the cell biology or biochemistry of cell death would be an advantage.

Your qualifications

Applicants should hold a PhD/MD-PhD in life sciences with a strong background in cell death research, innate immunity or host-pathogen interaction and should have a solid publication record in peer-reviewed journals. Specific qualifications include:

  • Excellent communication skills with focus on teamwork, the willingness to co-mentor PhD or master students
  • A strong work ethic, scientific rigor
  • Ability to work independently and complete task efficiently
  • Existing skills with regard to biochemistry, cell biology and immunology will be an advantage
  • Excellent proficiency in English 

What the position offers you

We offer a great opportunity in the international, dynamic and vibrant research environment of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Lausanne. Furthermore, outstanding working conditions at the University of Lausanne, state-of-the-art infrastructure, a stimulating research environment that actively promotes dynamic interactions between scientists and a very competitive salary. This project is supported by an ERC Consolidator grant until 2023. The position is available starting Autumn 2019.

Contact for further information

Prof. Petr Broz

University of Lausanne

Department of Biochemistry

1066 Epalinges Switzerland

Your application

Applications (in English) should include a cover letter with a statement of research interests and qualifications for the position, complete CV and the names of two academic references.

To apply, upload your application on the University job portal (, or send bt email to .

For more information of the lab, please visit :


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Postdoctoral Fellow