International PhD Programs in the Life Sciences

What is the Life Science Zurich Graduate School? The Life Science Zurich Graduate School consists of several highly competitive PhD programs. We are run jointly by the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. Our programs offer research and education opportunities in a stimulating international environment for ambitious students who wish to work towards a PhD degree. If you are accepted to our school you will perform your research project in one of the participating research groups according to your scientific interest. Throughout the curriculum we offer advanced teaching and training courses. The program language is English. PhD studies usually last 4 years.
Education: You must hold or anticipate receiving a Master’s degree or equivalent from a university in a relevant field before starting the PhD program. If you are accepted for the program you will have to register with either the University of Zurich or ETH Zurich, depending on the affiliation of the research group you are joining.
How do I finance my PhD? All research groups within the Life Science Zurich Graduate School provide financial support in accordance with the PhD student salary set by the Swiss National Science Foundation (at present CHF 47'040.- in the 1st year; 48'540.- in the 2nd year; 50'040.- in the 3rd and 4th year).
How is the research environment? Our aim is to attract to Zurich the most promising young scientists from across the world. We offer you a challenging training environment, a clear mentoring system and the opportunity to perform cutting-edge research. As a PhD student you are part of a vivid scientific and social community and get the opportunity to work with the leading scientists in your field of interest. With around 400 research groups and more than 1200 PhD students, the Life Science Zurich Graduate School is one of the largest graduate schools in Europe.

Contact detail

How to apply:
How can I apply? Our web pages provide detailed information for submission of application. Please refer to the guidelines as we only take into consideration applications received in the required format:
Send application to
Dr. Susanna Bachmann        
Life Science Zurich Graduate School
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Switzerland (Zürich)
Working place
8000 Zürich
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Biotechnology

About ETH Zurich and University of Zurich

The Life Science Zurich Graduate School (LSZGS), founded in 2005, is a joint  initiative of the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich (UZH). The LSZ graduate school includes 15 joint ETH/UZH PhD programs, over 300 faculty members, and  more than 1000 PhD students. The PhD programs have similar overall structures,  including dedicated PhD-level courses, active mentoring of...

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