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.

Activities and responsibilities

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.

Qualification profile

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.

We offer

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.- to CHF 50'040.-).

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Please submit your application online.

Contact person:
Dr. Susanna Bachmann
Life Science Zurich Graduate School
University of Zurich & ETH Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich
Email: gradschool(at)

While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: LSZGS 1901201

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 student progress...
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