PhD position in Cancer Biology

University of Bern
February 14, 2023
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PhD position in Cancer Biology


The Institute of Anatomy of the University of Bern is part of the Faculty of Medicine and has a teaching assignment in the study programmes of Human Medicine and Dentistry, as well as Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine. Eleven independent but highly cooperative working groups conduct biomedical research in the fields of Didactic Morphology, Developmental Biology and Regeneration, Immunobiology, Lung Biology, Mucociliary Clearance, Micro(angio)-CT, Microscopic Anatomy and Structural Biology, Molecular Neuroinfectiology, Nanotechnology, Angiogenesis and Cancer.

The group of Nadia Mercader studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms of heart development and regeneration. Using the zebrafish model and combining genetic manipulations with omic approaches, we investigate how cardiomyocyte proliferation is influenced by different cell types including fibroblasts and macrophages and how cardiac precursor cells acquire cell fate identity during development. The group is located at the Institute of Anatomy, within the Medical faculty of the University of Bern. It is also embedded into the Cardiovascular research Cluster that includes several groups working at the University of Bern and University Hospital Inselspital. The Mercader group also has an affiliation to the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares CNIC.


We are offering a PhD position, starting in spring 2023 or upon agreement, in the field of cancer biology in the group of Prof. Nadia Mercader, in the Institute of Anatomy at the University of Bern, Switzerland and co supervised by Dr. Ines Marques. The project will be held in collaboration with Dr. med. Corina Kim-Fuchs from the Inselspital and PD. Dr. Ilaria Marinoni from the Institute of Pathology. The PhD project aims to co-develop in vitro and in vivo models to study patient derived neuroendocrine tumors of the gastrointestinal tract in the context of precision medicine.


We are looking for a highly enthusiastic and motivated candidate with academic qualifications in the field of life sciences or biomedical sciences. The candidate should have previous experience of laboratory work, preferably knowledge of cell culture. We require good communications skills in English and capacity to work in a team. Prior experience working with zebrafish is an advantage.

We offer

The group offers the opportunity to work in a dynamic group, with a vast experience in molecular biology and zebrafish as an animal model to study human diseases, including cancer. The candidate will have access to cutting- edge facilities, including imaging and next generation sequencing platforms. The student will be enrolled in the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical sciences of the University of Bern (www.

Review of applications will start in February 2023. Please send your CV including a motivational letter stating the research interested, University diploma with grades and name of two referees as a single PDF-document.

For further information contact Dr. Ines Marques ([email protected]).


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