Friedrich Miescher Institute International PhD Program – University of Basel, Switzerland

Friedrich Miescher Institute International PhD Program – University of Basel, Switzerland

Deadline: November 30, 2014

The Friedrich Miescher Institute (FMI) is accepting applications for the FMI International PhD Program, which provides advanced, interdisciplinary training in epigenetics, neurobiology and mechanisms of cancer. PhD students admitted to the program receive theoretical and practical training, and conduct a research project under the supervision of an FMI group leader, monitored by a Thesis Committee of university professors and experts chosen by the student.

Program Details

A course of study at the FMI leading to a PhD degree of the University of Basel typically lasts 4 years.

The Friedrich Miescher Institute has excellent technical resources. PhD students learn highly advanced techniques from specialists and are introduced into experimental analysis at multiple levels of biological organization.

PhD students at the FMI are enrolled at the University of Basel. After successful completion of the research project, submission of a written thesis and a thesis defense, the candidate receives a PhD from the University of Basel.


The FMI provides financial support to graduate students in accordance with the scale of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Income is generous relative to international standards for PhD students.

Eligibility and Requirements

To be accepted for graduate studies at the Friedrich Miescher Institute,

  • applicants must hold a university degree that would formally qualify them to enter a PhD or equivalent program in their home country (MSc., Diploma, DEA etc.).
  • US applicants with only a Bachelor must have successfully completed courses in Biophysics and must have laboratory experience leading to a research thesis.

As part of their education, PhD students are required to attend courses from the graduate teaching program at the University Basel.

Graduate teaching program

Together with the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE) of the ETH, and the Swiss Tropical Institute (STI), the FMI participates in an international and interdisciplinary graduate teaching program in the areas of:

  • infection biology
  • neurobiology
  • cell biology
  • developmental biology
  • biophysical chemistry
  • structural biology
  • systems biology
  • bioinformatics.

PhD students are required to complete 12 semester-hours of coursework during their PhD thesis.

How to Apply

NOTE: A shortlist of candidates will be invited for interviews in January 2015. In case of questions, please contact the FMI PhD Program office: Elida Keller, [email protected].

For more information, visit FMI PhD Program.