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  • PhD student position in genetic epidemiology

    To study the role of clonal hematopoiesis on cardiovascular risk factors and disease
    (starting November 2023 – January 2024)

    The group of Prof. Julien Vaucher at the Department of medico-surgical specialties of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) offers a PhD student position (100%) to study the link between clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential (CHIP) and the increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

    Using next-generation sequencing (NGS) results, the student will investigate the prospective links between CHIP, cardiovascular risk factors, caridovascular diseases and a range of environmental variables. The goal of the research is to identify and counteract risk factors that may lead to the development of cardiovascualr disease. The analyses will be based on well-defined and establised data form the CoLaus|PsyCoLaus study. The position is part of a consortium performing genetic epidemiology (based in Fribourg), genetic research (based in CHUV, Lausanne) and basic science (based in EPFL, Lausanne).

    The group of Prof. Julien Vaucher focuses on epidemiological research in the field of cardiovascular medicine. Using state-of-the-art and innovative approaches in (genetic) epidemiology, we aim to unravel novel associations and make causal inference between risk factors and disease outcomes to broaden our knowledge on, prevent, and reduce the burden of cardiometabolic conditions.


    • Master in Science (or Medicine) with strong motivation to work in bioinformatics and handling genetic data
    • Good communication and organizational skills, creative, and goal-oriented
    • Capacity to collaborate to achieve common objectives
    • Language skills – good knowledge of English (verbal and writing) a prerequisite

    Main duties and objectives

    • You will learn to perform genetic and observational epidemiological analyses
    • You will learn to conduct a project in epidemiology
    • You will learn to report research in lab meetings, seminars, conferences and writing scientific articles

    We offer

    • Collaborative research environment in a dynamic and competitive field
    • Regular courses and seminars by UNIFR Life Science Graduate school on-site and in neighboring Universities of Lausanne and EPFL
    • Friendly and cooperative research team
    • English (or French) is main language

    Lab website: CoLaus|PsyCoLaus study

    Applications to Prof. Julien Vaucher (, sending your complete documentation including letter of motivation, CV, copies of pertinent certificates, and contact details of two references

    Application deadline: 30.09.2023

  • PhD position in Sensorimotor Neuroscience


    The group of Mario Prsa at the University of Fribourg ( is looking for PhD/Postdoc candidates to conduct research on neural mechanisms of forelimb sensorimotor adaptation and/or proprioceptive sensory processing.

    Our laboratory is part of the Department of Neuroscience and Movement Science within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Fribourg comprised of a vibrant scientific community including more than 20 multi-disciplinary research groups.


    Movements are at the center of all our behavior and accurate movements allow us to properly interact with the world. Proprioception and sensorimotor adaptation are two physiological processes crucial for maintaining movement accuracy. The applicant will use state-of-the art behavioral, optogenetic, two-photon microscopy and neuroanatomical tracing techniques to dissect the underlying neuronal circuits in the mouse brain.  


    • Master’s / PhD degree in Neuroscience, Engineering/Physics, Biology (or related discipline).
    • Highly motivated, excellent analytical, experimental and writing skills.
    • Experience in rodent behavior, optogenetics, in-vivo imaging and/or electrophysiology.
    • Proficiency in data analysis and experimental procedures
    • Knowledge of hardware programming and experimental control with Matlab is highly desirable.


    We offer a PhD and Postdoctoral positions planned to start in late 2023 or early 2024. Interested applicants should send a letter of motivation, complete CV and a list of referees to

  • INTERSHIP POSITION : Minimum 6 month

    The IC Stoke Team is looking for a student to collaborate on their research projects in Switzerland.

    The student will have the opportunity to work in an international and highly motivating environment. The project involves the development of a new model of subcortical stroke in non-human primates and of cortico-spinal rehabilitation technologies for the recovery of arm and hand movements.

    The student will help with the management and setup of behavioral tasks, and participate to scientific discussions and data analysis.


    • Knowledge in English
    • Basic Knowledge in Matlab
    • Positive and pro-active attitude

    New Knowledge

    • Software: Vicon, Nexus, Matlab
    • Tasks: Kuka Robot, calibration, execution
    • Data analysis : Tracking, progam execution

    Interested persons lacking one or more of these requirements will be also considered according to the specific case.

    Dr. Charles Latchoumane,


  • Research assistant and PhD student in Life Course Epidemiology (full-time)

    The Population Health Laboratory (#PopHealthLab) of the University of Fribourg develops research activities to inform population-based prevention strategies and public health surveillance to help citizens, health stakeholders, clinicians, and policy-makers make data-informed and evidence-based decisions.

    Research areas are the epidemiology of population health in a life course and consequential perspective and the study of health service activities and quality of care in an evidence-based public health framework.

    The #PopHealthLab is looking for a

    Research assistant and PhD student in Life Course Epidemiology (full-time)

    to join our team and work on a PhD thesis on the life course epidemiology and prevention of cancer under the supervision of Dr. Stéphane Cullati PhD and Prof Arnaud Chiolero MD PhD. The project aims to study the practice of cancer screening and the extent of low-value cancer screening across the life course, especially among older adults. Accounting for the lag time to benefit from cancer screening and usual screening recommendations, the frequency of low-value cancer screening will be estimated in population-based surveys and to which extent it depends on socio-economic position.

    Duties and responsibilities:

    As a PhD student:

     Conduct a review on the lag time to benefit from cancer preventive services,

     Analyze data from large datasets (e.g., Swiss and European Interview Health Surveys),

     Write research protocols and (3 to 4) manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals as a first author,

     Contribute to additional research (Prevent Too), surveillance, and monitoring projects.

    As a research assistant:

     Support the #PopHealthLab in administrative, teaching, and research activities,

     Contribute to the statistical consultation of the #PopHealthLab.

    Qualification and skills:

     Master degree in epidemiology, social sciences, life sciences, medicine or equivalent,

     Strong interest in life course research, epidemiology, and public health,

     Experience with data analysis,

     Experience with statistical software (use of Stata or R is a plus),

     Proficiency in English and in French or German.

    Start and duration of employment:

    The post is available from April 2024, with a negotiable starting date, for 3 years. If required, a prolongation is possible.

    Additional information:

    The salary is according to the standards of the University of Fribourg for “assistant diplômé”. The

    hired PhD student will have free access to the courses proposed by the Swiss School of Public Health+ (SSPH+; For further information on the position, contact Prof Arnaud Chiolero (

    How to apply?

    Submit an application file in one pdf including a letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae to Deadline for application: January 31, 2024