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Life Sciences Independent Research (ELISIR) scholar

Lausanne (CH)
Closing date
Mar 27, 2023

Job Details

The position offers a finishing doctoral student or a recent PhD graduate with a track-record of excellence and creativity the opportunity to work as an independent principal investigator heading a small team to conduct innovative research in any area of the life sciences. This year, we are seeking in particular nominations in the areas of theoretical biology and computational biology, although other areas will be considered as well.


ELISIR scholars have an independent research budget, access to state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, plus a mentorship program. The position is an attractive springboard for scientific and career development.  ELISIR scholars are not tenured and appointed for an initial period of 3 years, which can be renewed for another 2 years after a scientific and financial evaluation. ELISIR scholars have the opportunity to seek additional external funding.


The vibrant interdisciplinary research community at the EPFL School of Life Sciences fosters interactions with allied disciplines on campus, including engineering, physics, chemistry and computer sciences. EPFL offers an English-speaking work environment, and competitive salaries and benefits. EPFL strives to increase the diversity of its principal investigators and strongly encourages women to apply.


Who can apply?

  • Young researchers with a track record of excellence, having earned their PhD degree by the time they begin at EPFL and less than 18 months before the application deadline; EPFL PhD graduates are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be nominated by their PhD supervisor or a leader in the research community.


Your application must include:

  • Cover letter, brief CV, publication list, a 3-page research proposal for the 5-year period – all in one PDF file.
  • The nomination letter and two additional reference letters, submitted directly by the letter writers.


The deadline for application is April 1st, 2023.  The full application material, including the nomination letter and the two reference letters, must be submitted via


Successful applicants will be invited for interviews in principle on May 26th or June 1st, 2023 with a starting date in late 2023 or early 2024.


Further enquiries should be directed to:


Professor Pierre Gönczy


For additional information on EPFL and its School of Life Sciences, please consult: and


EPFL is an equal opportunity employer and a family friendly university.


EPFL is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. With the status of a national school since 1969, the young engineering school has grown in many dimensions, to the extent of becoming one of the most famous European institutions of science and technology. Like its sister institution in Zurich, ETHZ, it has three core missions: training, research and technology transfer. Associated with several specialized research institutes, the two Ecoles polytechniques (Institutes of Technology) form the EPF domain, which is directly dependent on the Federal Department of Home Affairs.
EPFL is located in Lausanne in Switzerland, on the shores of the largest lake in Europe, Lake Geneva and at the foot of the Alps and Mont-Blanc. Its main campus brings together over 11,000 persons, students, researchers and staff in the same magical place. Because of its dynamism and rich student community, EPFL has been able to create a special spirit imbued with curiosity and simplicity. Daily interactions amongst students, researchers and entrepreneurs on campus give rise to new scientific, technological and architectural projects.

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