PhD Position in Basic Malaria Research
University of Basel Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

PhD Student in Basic Malaria Research

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is a world-leading institution dedicated to improv-ing global health through excellence in research, education and services. Swiss TPH is an associated institute of the University of Basel and employs about 850 staff and students from more than 80 nations.

The Department of Medical Parasitology and Infection Biology (MPI) of Swiss TPH conducts basic and trans-lational research in infection biology with a particular focus on poverty-related infectious diseases. Within the MPI Department the Malaria Host Interactions laboratory of Nicolas Brancucci studies how the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum manages to adapt to different environments.

The Malaria Host Interactions Lab is looking for a highly motivated, hard-working and enthusiastic

PhD Student in Basic Malaria Research

This PhD position is part of a research project on environmental sensing funded by the Swiss National Sci-ence Foundation. In this project, we want to elucidate the molecular mechanisms intra-erythrocytic parasites employ to sense environmental changes and how this information is translated into cellular responses using CRISPR/Cas9-based gene editing approaches.

Your profile

  • MSc degree in the molecular life sciences
  • Skills in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, cell culture
  • Experience in basic malaria research is beneficial but not mandatory
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills in written and spoken English
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a research team

We offer you

The successful applicant will be based at the Swiss TPH and will be registered for a PhD degree at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Basel is an international and very lively city right at the border to Germany and France with an excellent scientific, recreational and cultural environment.

Application / Contact

If you are interested, please submit your application online via the link provided below with:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Complete course grades and transcripts
  • Names and contact information (email or phone) of two references
Please note that we can only accept applications via our online recruiting tool: Applications via e-mail will not be considered.

The deadline for applications is 15 October 2021. Start date of the PhD position is early in 2022.

Contact: For further information about the position, please visit our website or contact Nicolas Brancucci (

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