Welcome to our application pages!

Doing your PhD at the LSZ Graduate School of the ETH and the University of Zurich means that you will belong to a large and ambitious life science research community. You will receive a comprehensive and challenging education that will allow you to take further career steps within academia as well as in industry – in Switzerland or worldwide.

We are searching for highly motivated students with a Master’s degree in the field of Life Sciences. You are looking for a PhD position at a renowned institution? That could be a good match! You are welcome to apply now!

The Life Science Zurich Graduate School Team

Can I apply?

As a rule you must hold or anticipate receiving a university Master’s degree or equivalent in the field of natural sciences, computer sciences or engineering. With an excellent track record and good skills in spoken and written English you are welcome to apply to our PhD programs. Our funded positions are open for national and international (also non-EU) students. PhD studies at our programs usually last around 4 years.

When can I apply?
Our deadlines are 1 July and 1 December (23:59 CET).

Further information needed?
Our FAQ answer many of the questions you may have.

What is it like to do a PhD at UZH and ETH?

We asked some of our PhD students and here is what Noemi, Nicolas and Shaili who are all in their first year say about being part of the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.


Noemi, 1st year student in the MIM PhD program

Shaili Gour, PhD student in the Neuroscience program

I am Shaili Gour, a first year doctoral candidate at the International PhD program in Neurosciences at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School. I am enrolled at the University of Zürich. The focus of my PhD project is to investigate the “Psychobiological mechanisms underlying chronic pain in human subjects”. I carry out my PhD work at the Department of Chiropractic Medicine, Balgrist Hospital Campus in Zurich.

I have done my masters in Neurosciences in a tri-national-program (University of Strasbourg, France; University of Freiburg, Germany and University of Basel; Switzerland). I did my master thesis at Uppsala University, Sweden.

There are four things that I really appreciate about this graduate school:

  1. Structured and organised doctoral program
  2. There are ample number of opportunities to attend courses from various fields ranging from business oriented modules to self-development
  3. Great network of professors and researchers and opportunities to collaborate and network
  4. There are several types of grants available and there is a lot of support from the doctoral program coordinators

I would recommend this graduate program to anyone who is looking forward to learning more about their field of interest and wants to grow as a scientist, researcher as well as a person.

Nicolas Mathis, 1st year PhD student in the MLS program

I’m Nicolas (25) and I'm currently in the first year of my PhD project in the Schwank group at University of Zurich. My goal in the coming years is to shed light on novel gene editing techniques by applying a combination of state-of-the art screening technologies, bioengineering and computational approaches. In the long run, I hope that the findings from my project will contribute to the treatment of patients with monogenic diseases by correcting disease causing DNA mutations.

I'm glad to be part of the Molecular Life Sciences program of the LSZGS, as its courses and activities provide a valuable framework around the day-to-day lab work. Personally, I would like to point out two aspects which were particular helpful for me:

First, the on-site selection days offered me a comprehensive overview of the research groups at UZH and ETH. Even though I eventually joined my originally favored research group, I would not want to miss the discussions and contacts with other PIs and students during these 3 days!

Secondly, the possibility to contact a program coordinator for questions regarding courses or PhD regulations is a great plus and can efficiently clarify questions. This is crucial in the beginning phase of a PhD where students receive a lot of information from different organizational units.

Overall, I highly recommend prospective students to look out for suitable research groups in Zurich because of the high density of excellent research groups combined with a well-organized PhD program and attractive living conditions.