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Ph.D. Program Biomolecular Structure and Mechanism


The PhD Program Biomolecular Structure and Mechanism aims at attracting the most promising students from all over the world who wish to work towards a Ph.D. in structural biology and related fields. If you would like to accept this challenge and work in one of the leading research groups in the field, apply now.

Online Application

Applications to this program can be accepted for further evaluation only if submitted online through the homepage of the Zurich Life Science Graduate School.
To apply for "so-called" Track I, please use this link and follow the instructions given:  proceed to online application
Application Deadlines are November 1st and May 1st!
Track II : candidates are students who found a PhD position by applying directly to a group leader of the BSM PhD Program. These applications can be submitted any time. For further information please contact the PhD program coordinator bsm-admin.

A few hints on how to make a good application:

  • the scientific interest part is of high importance for the selection committee (write at least ¾ of a page).
  • a good match between the groups in the program and your scientific interest is important.
  • explain how your previous experiences led you to be interested in structural biology.


Online applications are evaluated by an admissions committee. Short-listed candidates are invited for an interview taking place in Zurich in January (week 3) and in July (week 28). Candidates will have the opportunity to meet with group leaders of their choice to discuss possible areas of research. Accommodation and travel expenses are reimbursed by the program committee. Accepted candidates are informed shortly after the interviews and should start their work within six months of acceptance to the program.

Required Degree

Applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent from a university in the field of Natural Sciences before starting the Ph.D. program in Biomolecular Structure and Mechanism. Applicants accepted for the program will have to register with either the University of Zurich or ETH Zurich, depending on the affiliation of their future research group.