PhD student position in EU Horizon 2020

Novel vaccine vectors to resist pathogen challenge VacPath

VacPath is an EU funded project, which aims to promote excellence in fundamental vaccine research. The network allows five academic European research groups and two SMEs to join forces. The partner labs situated in The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Italy contribute their respective expertise in vaccine immunology and vaccine delivery platforms to complement each other in a project centered around Chlamydia trachomatis as a main model pathogen. Out of a total of 10 PhD student positions in the consortium the University of Basel currently has one position still open for highly motivated, skilled and hard-working PhD student. The successful candidate will be appointed at University of Basel and will receive additional training through courses and secondments at partner laboratories in the network.

Your position
As a PhD student in VacPath you will design, construct, and test innovative arenavirus-based vaccine vectors. You will investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms leading to protective cellular and humoral immunity upon immunization, with the ambition to rationally optimize vaccine design and immunization strategies. Your responsibilities will include wetlab work and animal experimentation, from design to data analysis and manuscript preparation and the communication with network partners. You will have the opportunity to work in different European laboratories and get an impression of different research cultures.

The available position will be hosted at the following research group:

University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland; group of Prof. Dr. D. Pinschewer

Project: Arenavirus-based vaccine vectors to enhance T cell and antibody
responses in homologous and heterologous prime boost vaccination.

Your profile
We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student holding a Master's degree in the Life Sciences, with an interest in fundamental research and the drive to pursue a multi-disciplinary project. Excellent organizational and communicative skills and the ability to work as part of an (inter)national team are an asset.


  • Master's degree in Biology, Medicine, Pharmacy or related disciplines is a condition.
  • Critical and creative thinking is expected.
  • A hard-working self-motivated mentality is key to the applicant's success.
  • Expertise and/or training in immunology, virology, pathogen host interactions and in molecular biology are considered a strong plus.
  • Excellent English language skills, both oral and written, are required;

In addition, the PhD student is obliged to adhere to the MSCA ITN-mobility rules associated with ITN, requiring not to have lived for over 12 months, within the last three years, within Switzerland. ESR further must be in the first four years of their research career and not yet have a doctoral degree.

We offer you
We offer 48 months ESR positions (1.0 FTE) with an attractive salary including a living, mobility and family allowance, according to the MSCA regulations for ESR. Benefits include a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, and collective insurance schemes.

For further information, see , or contact Prof. Dr. D. Pinschewer ( )

Application / Contact
Complete the application form (yellow icon: "where to apply") and send it with your CV and motivation letter to the following three addresses:

For more information please visit the website
In case your application will be selected for further evaluation we will contact you to organize a Skype Interview.

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