Microbiology and Immunology PhD program, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

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The MIM PhD Program is a joint program of the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, two highly prestigious Swiss Universities with excellent research facilities.

The program offers research and education opportunities in a stimulating international environment for ambitious students who wish to work towards a PhD. Basic, environmental and medical microbiology, molecular microbiology, biochemistry, bacterial and viral pathogenesis, infection biology, experimental and clinical immunology, evolution, parasitology, virology and veterinary bacteriology are covered by the program.

Accepted students perform their research project in one of the participating research groups of their choice, according to their scientific interest. Advanced teaching and training courses are offered throughout the curriculum. The progress of the PhD work will be evaluated and supervised at yearly meetings by the PhD Committee. On a voluntary basis, our new PhD students may profit from a one-to-one mentoring in social and professional issues by more experienced PhD students.

Students will obtain their PhD from either the University of Zurich or ETH Zurich and receive a certificate from the program.

The program language is English throughout.

Interested candidates have two possibilities to apply to the MIM PhD Program:

as Track I candidate

Fill out the online application via the Life Science Zurich Graduate School. Deadlines for application are July 1 and December 1.
Selected candidates are invited for an admission interview taking place in Zurich in early February (week 6) and in early September (week 36). Passing the admission interview grant access to all PhD programs within the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

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as Track II candidate

Students, who found a PhD position while applying directly to a group leader, are track II candidates. They are welcome to apply to the MIM PhD Program within six months after being accepted by a PI of the MIM PhD Program. A complete application must contain a CV, recommendation letter from the supervisor and the complete online application.The Steering Committee will decide on the acceptance of the student or whether a further examination by an admission interview is necessary.

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Application deadline

Next application deadline for the MIM PhD Program is July, 1, 2016.


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