In the group of Prof. Britta Engelhardt, there is an opening for a qualified and highly motivated individual aiming to pursue a PhD thesis in the field of neuroimmunology.


The Swiss National Science Foundation funded project entitled ""Brain Barriers ID: Identifying and detailing the molecular mechanisms regulating the integrity and immune function of the brain barriers" aims to specifically address the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the migration of different T cell subsets across the brain barriers during immunosurveillance and neuroinflammation, employing in vitro blood-brain barrier and transgenic mouse in vivo models combined with advanced live cell imaging technologies. The project offers a translational aspect by making use of multiple sclerosis-patient sourced stem-cell derived in vitro brain barrier models to IIDD the mechanisms regulating brain barriers permeability versus T-cell diapedesis in man.


The successful candidate has preferentially a master degree in the life sciences, a dedicated interest in brain barrier research and immune cell trafficking, using in vitro and in vivo models and high-end microscopy techniques. The candidate is expected to have a high motivation in pursuing a team-oriented research effort.


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The position is available from September 1st, 2020 on. The TKI offers an international state-of-the-art laboratory environment. The PhD student will be enrolled in the interfaculty Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Bern ( Excellent training possibilities will additionally be available through the swissuniversities funded ProDoc "Cell Migration" ( and the Microscopy Imaging Center ( In addition, the PhD student will be interacting with numerous national and international collaboration partners in this project.


Applications including a CV, information on educational background and experience, a meaningful motivation letter and 2 references should be send to:
Prof. Britta Engelhardt, Theodor Kocher Institute, University of Bern, Freiestr. 1, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland. E-Mail: , Homepage: