PhD position in the laboratory of Prof. Charna Dibner Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva

University of Geneva

The Dibner lab studies the impact of biological clocks on metabolism and cancer. We specifically focus on the roles of circadian oscillators in regulating pancreatic islet and skeletal muscle function in physiology, and in pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes. Along with circadian studies of metabolism in genetic rodent models, we employ state-of-the-art approaches for translational research in humans (Petrenko et al., Gen&Dev, 2017; Sinturel et al., Gen&Dev, 2021; Perrin et al., eLife, 2018; Petrenko et al., PNAS, 2020).
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We are looking for an ambitious PhD candidate, highly motivated, responsible, and excellent communicator The PhD student will be involved in the project focusing on the input of rodent and human circadian oscillators in various genetic and cellular models, and their roles in regulating glucose and lipid homeostasis. The project will be proposed by the laboratory and refined according to the candidate’s research aspirations.

We offer Annual salary starting from 46’247 CHF, exceptional possibilities for professional development along with high quality of life in the international city of Geneva. This multidisciplinary PhD project will be performed in a tight collaboration with leading research groups in basic science in Switzerland (University of Geneva, EPFL, University of Zurich) and in Europe (France, Germany, the Netherlands), and with the clinical teams of Departments of Surgery, Medicine and Oncology in the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG), offering unique opportunities for multifaceted professional development and networking.
Position requirements MSc degree (or equivalent) in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or Medicine. Experience in rodent models, cell culture work and molecular biology techniques is an advantage but not mandatory. Due to its ‘around-the-clock’ nature, the project is not compatible with a 9-to-5 mentality, and candidate should be willing to work outside regular office hours. The working languages in the laboratory are English and French, the latter is an advantage for working and living in Geneva but is not mandatory.
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