PhD Studentship in immunology and virology

University of Bern


February 10, 2022


PhD Studentship in immunology and virology


Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI), Mittelhaüsern, Switzerland The IVI is Switzerland's reference laboratory for the diagnosis, monitoring and research of highly infectious epizootic diseases, including viral zoonoses (infectious diseases that are transmissible between animals and humans). As part of a cooperation agreement with the Vetsuisse faculty of the University of Bern, the IVI is also responsible for teaching and research in the fields of virology and immunology. The IVI reports to the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO).

A PhD student position is available in the laboratory of Prof. Charaf Benarafa to work on a project focused on the transmission and pathogenicity of the zoonotic flavivirus Wesselsbron virus (WSLV) in rodents and in sheep in collaboration with Dr. Obdulio Garcia-Nicolas. https: // www. The aims of the project are. (1) to develop tools for evaluating WSLV diagnostic and prevalence; (2) to investigate the pathobiology of WSLV in rodent reservoirs; and (3) to investigate modes of transmission of WSLV in sheep. To reach the research objectives, the successful candidate will use a broad range of techniques in immunology, virology, cell biology, and biochemistry using in vitro and in vivo models. The research teams are composed of experienced scientists, veterinarians, lab technicians and animal caretakers providing strong scientific, technical, and career development support. The project is funded by the Multidisciplinary Center for Infectious Diseases (MCID) of the University of Bern. The successful applicant will be enrolled in the interfaculty PhD Program in Cellular and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Bern (www.


We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a MSc degree in life sciences or a similar discipline (compatible with the Bologna accords) with a solid background and interest in immunology, virology, biochemistry, or cellular biology. Interest in working with mouse models is required but previous experience is not a prerequisite. The candidate should be proactive, have a highly collaborative spirit, and be able to work independently. Very good communication skills in English are essential. Basic knowledge of French and/or German would be helpful. Only outstanding applicants will be considered.

Entrance upon 01.02.2022 (negotiable)

If your profile matches our requirements, we would be happy to receive your application. Please send a single PDF file including:

  • a cover letter stating your qualifications and specific interest for this position
  • CV with names, email and phone number of 2 references
  • copy of MSc diploma and transcripts
  • Review of applications will start immediately.

    Prof. Charaf Benarafa, https: //

    https:// www.


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