Aims and Objectives
The goal of the ZNZ International PhD Program in Neuroscience is to train excellent scholars with a broad knowledge in modern neuroscience disciplines. The program is specifically designed for students interested in pursuing a professional career in neuroscience. Emphasis will be placed on the development and enhancement of essential skills required to prepare students for their future roles as neuroscientists. This will include the planning of research projects, from conceptualization to experimental design, and to final evaluation. A key element of the program will be the development of skills of communication, interaction with other scientists, and scientific writing. Since doctoral students enrolled in the Program will originate from different biomedical branches, they will be encouraged to actively promote and foster interaction between themselves to facilitate the exchange of research ideas and to encourage interdisciplinary research. Training will be provided over the duration of the PhD thesis (3-4 years) to prepare students for neuroscience careers at an advanced level. The training will consist of two major parts: firstly, coursework will provide students with a theoretical background of the existing body of research knowledge in selected neuroscience fields and with research skills to address specific questions. The core elements of this part will be represented by the current skill base of the research groups participating in the Program. Secondly, a closely supervised thesis will provide the experience of conducting a substantial piece of original research.
Application and Registration
APPLICATION AND ADMISSION
Interested candidates have two possibilities to apply to the ZNZ International PhD Program in Neuroscience:
1) file an application via the Life Science Zurich Graduate School (track I). Deadlines for application: 1 July and 1 December.*
Track I candidates who are invited for the Life Science Zurich Graduate School interview days in February and September will need to pass an admission interview. A successfull admission interview will grant them access to all PhD programs within the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.
2) contact ZNZ group leaders of their choice directly to enquire about possible Ph.D. openings and apply directly to group leader (track II). Please also check the job market on our website.
Track II candidates: to ensure equal treatment of track I and track II applicants and in accordance with the rules of the LSZGS, group leaders are required to organize a formal admission interview with their future PhD students if recruited via track II. The interview should be conducted in presence of at least one other PI or faculty member and the supervisor should fill out a short interview protocol (download template).
* Please do not apply via the Life Science Zurich Graduate School online system if you have already secured a PhD position with a group leader. In this case, please follow the instructions for track II admissions.
If the candidate and the future supervisor have both agreed on the PhD research project and a position is provided by the supervisor, the registration process can be started.
1) Registration for the ZNZ PhD Program in Neuroscience
a) Fill out the registration form for the ZNZ PhD Program.
b) Provide proof of admission to the Life Science Zurich Graduate School (Track I) or an admission interview protocol (Track II).
Both documents have to be submitted together to the ZNZ office, UZH Irchel Campus, Y17 H03, Winterthurerstr. 190, 8057 Zurich.
2) Matriculation as a PhD student at UZH or ETH
In addition to the registration at the ZNZ office (see above), the prospective PhD student must also matriculate at the University of Zurich or ETH Zurich, depending on the PhD supervisor’s affiliation.
Important: Please note that your supervisor’s group will deal with your employment contract and the necessary HR and visa formalities but it is your responsibility to register in parallel as a PhD student at either UZH or ETH. Permits for foreign PhD students are linked to the registration at a Swiss University, students should therefore start the registration process early on.
Here is a summary of the registration processes for PhD students at UZH and ETH: