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PhD position - Molecular microbiology and phytopathology

Workplace1260 Nyon, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland
DurationThe duration of the contract is four years
Occupation rate
Job StartUpon agreement

Agroscope is looking for a:

PhD position - Molecular microbiology and phytopathology

We seek a highly motivated and ambitious PhD student to work on the lifespan and survival of the biocontrol yeast Metschnikowia pulcherrima. It is the goal to understand how cells survive during storage and to prolong the shelf-life of biocontrol yeasts. The thesis is planned and funded for 4 years and is part of a collaborative project with two PhD positions, a technical collaborator, and three research groups at Agroscope. The PhD student working on this project will be enrolled at the University of Geneva, participate in the PhD School in Life Sciences of the Faculties of Medicine and Science, and be affiliated with the group of Prof. Robbie Loewith.

About us

Agroscope is the Swiss federal centre of excellence for research in the agriculture and food sector. Its researchers work at a number of sites in Switzerland. Headquartered in Bern-Liebefeld (as of 2025: Posieux FR), Agroscope is attached to the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER.
The Mycology research group is situated in Changins near Geneva. We offer an intriguing job in a dynamic work environment, as well as thorough training and a modern research infrastructure.

Your Tasks

  • Perform research in fundamental and applied microbiology using state of the art techniques (e.g., bioassays, RNAseq/transcriptomics, experimental evolution, genome sequencing)
  • Analyse, evaluate, illustrate and present experimental results
  • Become an expert in the field of study (e.g., biocontrol yeasts, plant protection, yeast cell survival)
  • Ability to work and plan independently, but also to integrate and interact with experts from different fields
  • Write PhD thesis and manuscript drafts for peer-reviewed publications


  • University degree (MSc) in biology, microbiology, or related discipline
  • Laboratory experience in microbiology or molecular biology
  • Good knowledge of and interest in modern technologies (e.g., molecular biology, cloning, DNA sequencing)
  • Motivated and interested to work at the crossroad between fundamental research and application
  • Knowledge of two official Swiss languages. Very good knowledge of spoken and written English.

Contact and Address

If you are interested in this position and fulfil the requirements, we look forward to receiving your online application including contact information of 2-3 referees on www.stelle.admin.ch, Ref.nr. 5290 (English is not an official Swiss language, please select German, French, or Italian as correspondence language).

Additional information can be obtained from Dr. Florian Freimoser, Scientific collaborator and deputy head of the research group Mycology. Email: florian.freimoseragroscope.admin.ch. Tel. +41 58 460 6416. (please do not send applications to this email address).


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