PhD Position in Animal Pathology
University of Bern Institute of Animal Pathology

Combined Veterinary Residency / PhD Training Position in Animal Pathology

At the Institute of Animal Pathology (University of Bern, Switzerland) is a combined Residency/PhD Training Position availabe.
Pathology is a central bridge between clinical veterinary disciplines and basic research. A thorough training in this area offers various job opportunities, ranging from a career in science/academia, governmental authorities, private diagnostic laboratories, to pharmaceutical industry.

In the scope of this residency/PhD training position, the successful candidate will focus on the training in morphological pathology of farm, companion, zoo and laboratory animals during the first 2 years. After this time, he/she will join one of our research groups.

During this 3-4 years period the candidate will focus on molecular and functional pathology and finalize a PhD project under the premises of the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Bern ( The combined program will then be finalized by a brief period within our diagnostic unit and intensive preparation for the board examination of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVP). More information about the Institute of Animal Pathology and its training and research programs is available under

We are looking for a highly motivated student with a strong interest in pathology and molecular research. More specifically, the following qualifications are required:
• graduate degree of a veterinary school (Master of Veterinary Medicine, DVM or equivalent),
• collaborative mindset to foster our team approach in diagnostics, teaching and research,
• fluency in English and a minimal level of German (B2) to join the diagnostic unit.
Fluency in French is not mandatory but an additional benefit.

We offer
We offer a young and enthusiastic diagnostic team, an inspiring research environment, competitive research training in cancer therapy resistance or host-pathogen interaction, long-standing experience in the preparation for the ECVP board examination, and an attractive working location in Bern. The remuneration is in accordance with the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) regulations, starting with an annual brutto salary of 47,040 CHF.
This position is a 5-6 year appointment and is available from September 1st, 2020.
How to apply: please send your application as a single pdf document including a motivation letter, CV and references (letters or contact information of two references) by email to Christine Herzig ( For questions regarding the program, please contact Prof. Sven Rottenberg (

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