Marie Curie Doctoral Fellowship
Epigenetic memory and molecular mechanisms of organ regeneration in the zebrafish

A 3-year PhD fellowship in regenerative biology is available at the Institute of Anatomy at the University of Bern, in Switzerland. The fellowship is part of the REGENERATE-IT doctoral network, funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA).

The University of Bern is a comprehensive university offering a broad choice of courses and programs in eight faculties and is the fourth largest university in Switzerland. The candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences GCB with options to participate in specialization programs such as Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. Furthermore, the candidate will profit with affiliations to the Bern Center for Precision Medicine BCPM and the Cluster of Cardiovascular Research Cluster Bern CVRC.

Our group is particularly focused on understanding heart regeneration in the zebrafish (see). We recently found that cardiac fibroblasts get activated in response to injury, and during regeneration, change from a pro-fibrotic to a pro-regenerative and quiescent state (see).

The PhD student will carry out a project that uses epigenetic single cell profiling to understand how different cell types contribute to heart regeneration in the zebrafish.
  • Recruited researchers can be of any nationality and must undertake trans-national mobility (i.e., move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. In particular, at the time of selection by the host organization, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
  • Master's degree in life sciences, molecular biosciences, bioinformatics or computational sciences.
  • Preferably have previous knowledge and/or practical experience in molecular, cellular, developmental biology, genetics, bioinformatics, zebrafish model.
  • You should be able to communicate well in both written and spoken English.
We offer
  • A PhD position with a competitive salary for 3 years, with possibilities for extension of an additional year (CHF 47'040.00 to 50'040.00).
  • A stimulating, cooperative, and supportive environment, and close collaboration with international research teams.
  • Multiple opportunities for continuous education and specific PhD programs related to the topic.
  • The University of Bern is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.
  • The Institute of Anatomy is very centrally located and walking distance from the old city of Bern, declared UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The city is very close to the Alps offering multiple outdoor activities such as hiking or skiing.
  • The contract shall start between 01.06.2023 and 01.11.2023.
Please send a curriculum vitae, statement of experience, letter of motivation and contact information of two references to Prof. Nadia Mercader.

For more information, please contact Prof. Nadia Mercader.

Application deadline: 31.03.2023 Legal Notice