Job ID: 86879

Host institution for ERC/SNSF starting grant group leader in psychiatric neuroscience

Position: Professor

Deadline: 15 September 2022

City: Prilly-Lausanne

Country: Switzerland

Institution: Lausanne University Hospital - Lausanne University



We seek to support applicants for a ERC/SNSF Starting Grant fund from the European Research Council or the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). We are looking specifically for researchers in translational neurosciences in psychiatry, who hold either a MD or a PhD degree.


You are:

The call is open to any researcher with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD. If Switzerland is not included in the ERC starting grants for 2023, the federal government will mandate the Swiss National Science Foundation to launch a SNSF starting grant in November 2022.

The candidate should have an outstanding track record of publications in neuroscience and/or psychiatry and wish to develop an independent line of research into translational neurosciences.


We are:

The Center for Psychiatric Neurosciences (CNP) is part of the Department of Psychiatry of the Lausanne University Hospital and of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne. The CNP is housed in a new building, located in the campus of the psychiatry hospital, that is designed to accommodate both clinical and preclinical research. It is composed of 10 independent research groups and about 100 researchers working on most psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia spectrum disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, addiction and dementia, with a focus on translational research.


We offer:

We will sponsor the application of the pre-selected candidate to the Starting Grant and act as a host institution. We will also provide feedback on the candidate’s application during the submission process.

To support the work of the selected research group, we offer technical help for the human side of translational projects (biopsies sampling, biobanking, etc…) and support to obtain CHUV financial funds for equipment acquisition.

We provide a full laboratory and office space as well as access to all facilities of the CNP, which include an animal facility (mice and rats) with a large number of behavioral testing rooms that offer latest state of the art behavioral evaluations, biosafety level 2 labs for viral production and use, microscopy and iPS cell culture facility, single cells/units in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology and calcium imaging. We also provide access to our longitudinal cohorts of patients, including clinical and neuropsychological data, blood samples, fibroblasts, neuroimaging and sequencing data.

The CNP is part of a dense network of highly collaborative neuroscience researchers in neighbor institutions such as: the Department of Fundamental Neurosciences of the University of Lausanne and Department of Clinical Neurosciences of the Lausanne University Hospital, the Brain and Mind Institute of the EPFL and the Department of Fundamental Neurosciences of the University of Geneva.

The CNP furthermore has access to all platforms of the University of Lausanne, that offer non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (rodents 9.4, 14 Tesla, humans 3, 7 Tesla,, mass spectrometry, confocal microscopy (, single cells RNA sequencing, electron microscopy.

The faculty of Biology and Medicine is part of the Neuroscience Network of the Lake Geneva Region ( and our graduate students typically enroll in the program of the Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School (


The Lausanne University Hospital is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer committed to excellence through diversity.


Applications should include a complete CV with publications, a short motivation letter, a one-page summary of current and proposed research, and contact details of 3 referees. Applications should be submitted as a single pdf to ( The deadline for receipt of applications is September 15, 2022. Short-listed candidates will be invited for a 1-day interview and visit of the institute.