PhD position in Neuropharmacology

University of Basel


PhD position in Neuropharmacology

The Neuropharmacology research group at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences seeks applications for an open PhD position.
The Neuropharmacology group, led by Prof. Linda Simmler, investigates the mode of action of psychoactive substances pre-clinically. The research focus is on hallucinogenic compounds (psychedelics) that are under evaluation for clinical use in psychiatric disorders. We aim to understand their effects on neuronal circuits and synapses, and link to behavior and disease models.

Your position

The successful candidate will investigate antidepressant effects of psilocybin in mice, using behavioral testing and genetic interventions requiring stereotactic surgeries.

Your profile

  • MSc in a relevant discipline (Drug Sciences, Pharmacy, Biology, Neurosciences, or related)
  • Experienced in laboratory work (experience with rodent behavior is a plus)
  • Excellent analytical, experimental and writing skills
  • Organized, proactive, collaborative and committed to timelines

We offer you

  • Fully funded PhD candidate position, full time for 3–4 years
  • Participation in the PhD Program for Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Vibrant research environment at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and within the Basel Neuroscience community; in Basel, a global hub for pharmaceutical industry
Application / Contact
Please submit your application online as soon as possible; applications will be considered until the position is filled. The application dossier must include a motivation letter, CV, names of at least two referees, copies of university degrees (including grades), written master thesis (for completed theses) or summary (if not yet completed). For further information, please contact Prof. Linda Simmler (, +41 61 207 68 48.

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