The MD-PhD Program is intended for medical graduates who are interested in research in basic sciences, in public health sciences, in clinical sciences, or in biomedical ethics, and who are aiming at pursuing a career combining research and clinical work in an academic setting. A structured training program within the framework of the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB) or the Graduate School for Health Sciences (GHS) enables them to acquire a high standard of knowledge in research methods and project-related theoretical competence.
According to the guidelines of the National MD-PhD Program, candidates should already start their training in the course of their medical studies and follow relevant courses concurrently with their medical curriculum (Track I).
The recently launched NCCR Microbiomes (the NCCR aims to revolutionize microbiome science by eschewing host- or environment-specific characteristics and seeking a system-level understanding of microbiome functioning). One of the Work Packages of our NCCR studies human microbiomes in a clinical setting. The projects within this Work Package aim to in addition to furthering research, fund the projects for MD-PhD students.
Prof. Benoît Guery at CHUV Lausanne leads some of the projects in this Work Package. For two translational projects on Salmonella typhimurium and Clostridium difficile, Prof. Guery is currently looking for two MD-PhD students. These are projects funded for three years.
For more information and to apply, please visit the NCCR website directly.
The National MD-PhD Program, which is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS/SAMW), and several other foundations, awards 9 to 12 scholarships every year to outstanding graduates in human medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry with residency in Switzerland.
Further information can be found on the SNSF and SAMS websites.
Applications must be written in English. Please send the filled in official SAMS MD-PhD application form, compiled as a single PDF file with the required application documents, to PD Dr. Monica Schaller, Coordinator of the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB).
Submission deadline: Every year on December 15.
Please make an appointment per mail with the coordinator of the GCB, Monica Schaller if you seek advice to organize your MD-PhD. Consultation hour will be once a week (Wednesday morning) from 9:00-10:00 per phone only due to the COVID-19 pandemic regulations of the University of Bern. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
The NCCR RNA & Disease represents essentially the entire RNA research community in Switzerland and many of its member groups are internationally renowned for their cutting edge basic research. However, one of our NCCR's missions is to engage with the medical community and build fruitful collaborations between basic and medically oriented research. One of several efforts to reach out to the medical community is that we would like to host interested MD-PhD in our labs and train them in research.
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