To reinforce our team in Fribourg, Switzerland, we are seeking a PhD Student.
PhD in microbiome research

Employer

University of Fribourg


Work Location

Fribourg, Switzerland


Employment fraction

100%


Type of contract

temporary

Job tasks
Antibiotic-induced disruption of the maternal and infant microbiota and adverse health outcomes – The ABERRANT study

We have a fully funded PhD position available at the University of Fribourg and the Hôpital Cantonal Fribourg (HFR). The position is only available for people who are fluent in French and English. The starting date is up for discussion.

Background: In this prospective cohort study, we will use metagenomic sequencing to determine the effect of (i) intrapartum antibiotics on the composition of the breast milk, and the infant oral and intestinal microbiome (including the development and persistence of antibiotic resistance); (ii) antibiotic exposure in the first year of life on the composition of the infant oral and intestinal microbiome (including the development and persistence of antibiotic resistance); and (iii) disruption of the infant oral and intestinal microbiome on health outcomes. (iv) We will also determine the compositional overlap between the maternal intestinal microbiome, the breast milk microbiome and the infant oral and intestinal microbiome.

What we offer
  • Fully funded PhD position at the University of Fribourg
  • Extensive support and mentorship
  • National and international collaborations with experienced researchers in the field of microbiota with the possibility to research stay at a different institution
  • Free French and German classes
  • Access to the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) PhD training network

Profile requirements
  • Fluency in French and English
  • High interest in microbiota research
  • Msc in Bioinformatics or equivalent

How to apply
Please contact Dr. Petra Zimmermann on petra.zimmermann@unifr.ch or Dr Laurent Falquet laurent.falquet@unifr.ch for more information or send your CV and motivation letter to the same addresses until 31th December 2019.