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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 Fidelity Bermuda Foundation funded project entitled “The overlooked role of choroid plexus and the brain barriers in Alzheimer Disease pathogenesis” aims to specifically address the function of the choroid plexus and the brain barriers on cerebrospinal fluid circulation and immune cell entry in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, employing transgenic mouse in vivo models combined with advanced imaging technologies. The project is a collaborative effort and will involve close interactions with team members of the groups of Dr. Steven Proulx at the Theodor Kocher Institute and Prof. Vartan Kurtcuoglu at the University of Zurich.

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

The position is available from September 1st, 2022, 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 (www.gcb.unibe.ch). Excellent training possibilities will additionally be available through the PhD programs „Cell Migration“ (www.cell-mig.ch) and “Cutting Edge Microscopy” (www.mic.unibe.ch). Collaborative possibilities exist also with partners in Clinical Neuroscience Bern (https://www.neuroscience.unibe.ch).

Applications including a CV, information on educational background and experience, a meaningful motivation letter and 2 references should be sent to:
Prof. Britta Engelhardt, Theodor Kocher Institute, University of Bern, Freiestr. 1, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland. E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Homepage: www.tki.unibe.ch