The research project should lead to scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals. At the end of the PhD studies, the results will be collected in a written thesis and examined by international experts. The PhD degree is the highest academic degree and opens the broadest carreer opportunities in industry and acedemia for positions in Switzerland and abroad. Thanks to the big nummber of companies in the chemical field in Switzerland, chemists with a PhD degree are always in demand.
Research at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (DCB) is thematically divided into two Domains, which each contain several Research groups:
Molecular Basics of Biological Processes
Chemical Foundation of Novel Materials
The Scientific Analytics Division comprises work groups offering services as well as conducting their own Research.
Application deadline: October 15 (for spring Semester), March 31 (for fall Semester)
A PhD thesis in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences generally takes 3-4 years. The thesis consists in a specialized research project within a group at the DCB, and leads to a written thesis and several scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, which will be key assets for your future career. Make sure to select a research topic you like as your work will become an important part of your life.
As a PhD student, you benefit from the high quality offered in seminars at the DCB and the neighbouring institutes. After one year you also participate in the "1st year graduate student symposium" and compete for the graduate student award. You usually attend a summer school or an international congress every year to present your work, and thus integrate the international research community. Part of your training also includes acting as teaching assistant in laboratory courses (usually 7 weeks per year).
This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.
Further training qualifications (Master of Advanced Studies, Executive Master) and degrees from a university of applied sciences or a university of teacher education are not accepted for admission to doctoral studies.
General information on admission at doctoral level:
For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office (ZIB).
The fee for doctoral students is 200 CHF per semester. Additionally, a registration fee of 100 CHF is charged for the first or re-admission.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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