International PhD Program in Biomedicine


The Department of Biomedicine (DBM) belongs to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Basel, Switzerland. The DBM promotes basic and translational biomedical research at the highest international level. Our interdisciplinary PhD program is associated with the PhD program in Molecular and Cellular Biology offered by the Biozentrum. Around 120 PhD students enrolled in the PhD program of the Faculty of Science perform their thesis in one of the 60 research labs.

You must either have obtained already or expect soon to receive a University degree that qualifies you for a PhD at the University of Basel (MSc, Diploma, etc.).

Your application must include:

  • Electronic copies of your diploma/MSc degree with grades and transcripts as pdf files

  • CV or scientific résumé (maximum one page, pdf format) 

  • Names and contact information of 2 referees from your previous academic environment (usually faculty members). The referees will be contacted automatically and will be asked for an online evaluation as well as a reference letter. 

You will get further information about the application procedure as soon as you have submitted your application.

Important dates

autumn call 20/21

Start of online applications 


August 1

Closing date for applications


October 31

Notification of shortlisted candidates



Interview days



Decision of acceptance



Possible start of thesis



After the closing date for the open call, applications will be evaluated by all group leaders of the DBM who have an open position. Based on the feedback from their peers, the Program Committee will shortlist candidates who will be invited to the DBM for an interview. 

You will present your research in a 10-minute presentation and 10-minute question and answer seminar to the Program Committee and other interested group leaders. A chaperone – a PhD from the DBM − will be your personal guide during these days, tell you about being a PhD at the DBM and be happy to answer your questions. A dinner with group leaders and the chaperones, an informal meeting with the PhD Club and a cultural visit to Basel will give you a good insight into Basel and the DBM.

Please submit your application online