Job ID: 99621

PhD Internship – Deep Histochemical Phenotyping for Calibrating Translational Imaging Biomarkers of Neuroinflammation – RiSE for 9 months from February/March (m/f/d)

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 22 January 2023

Contract Length: 9 months

City: Basel

Country: Switzerland

Institution: F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG



Who we are

At Roche, 98.000 people across 150 countries are pushing back the frontiers of healthcare. Working together, we`ve become one of the world`s leading research focused healthcare groups. Our success is built on innovation, curiosity and diversity, and on seeing each other`s differences as an advantage. To innovate healthcare, Roche has ambitious plans to keep learning and growing – and is seeking people who have the same goals for themselves.

At Roche, we believe it’s urgent to deliver medical solutions right now – even as we develop innovations for the future. We are passionate about transforming patients’ lives and we are fearless in both decision and action. And we believe that good business means a better world.

That is why we come to work every single day. We commit ourselves to scientific rigour, unassailable ethics, and access to medical innovations for all. We do this today to build a better tomorrow.


The Position

The RiSE program (Roche Internships for Scientific Exchange) is a highly competitive student research program at Roche. It offers the most talented postgraduate PhD and medical degree students the opportunity to be fully integrated into our interdisciplinary and international industry R&D environment. As a RiSE student you will enhance your competencies, gain valuable work experience with us, and eventually become part of a world-wide network of RiSE Alumni.

The Neuroscience and Rare Diseases Discovery and Translational Area (NRD DTA) is developing medicines for a range of serious neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, spinal muscular atrophy, and Huntington’s disease.

As a RiSE student in the NRD DTA you will join working on a joint project in the departments of  Biomarkers & Translational Technologies and Neuroimmunology. at the Roche Innovation Center Basel, Switzerland. In your project, you will focus on devising and implementing an innovative image analysis pipeline for an in-depth (semi-)automatic and quantitative phenotyping of inflammatory cells in the brain based on a rich set of histochemistry data. The overarching goal is to establish the relationship between cellular underpinnings and multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a calibrated and translational biomarker of neuroinflammation. You will be hosted and mentored by a Roche scientist who will guide you through your research and provide you with the needed work infrastructure and collaborative network.


During the internship your tasks will include:

  • Identifying and evaluating relevant cellular features and image analysis software for deep phenotyping of neuroinflammation
  • Devising and implementing innovative imaging analysis pipeline(s) for (semi-)automatic phenotyping and quantification of inflammatory cells
  • Applying quantitative image analysis to a rich collection of histological, and histochemical/immunohistochemical data
  • Enriching dataset with additional histochemical/immunohistochemical markers/features (i.e. lab work including tissue processing and microscopy)
  • Working closely within a diverse team composed of scientists, postdocs and research associates
  • Presenting your progress at internal meetings and contributing to publications


Who You Are

You’re someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies. Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.

Moreover you are/have:

  • Enrolled in a PhD program at a university and are looking to expand your experience with an industry internship
  • A solid (neuro-)biology background preferably with a focus on inflammation
  • A strong interest and hands-on experience in image analysis, imaging analysis software and pipelines
  • An independent, dynamic and critical thinker who can also work well in a team and across disciplines
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English

Information about application documents and start date:

The preferred start date of the internship is February/March 2023 or upon availability.

Applications need to include a CV and a cover letter, as well as a letter from your academic supervisor supporting your application to the RiSE Program. Additional material documenting your versedness in the fields relevant to this RiSE Program will be appreciated.

Please note that due to regulations non-EU/EFTA citizens have to provide a certificate from the university stating that an industry internship is mandatory as part of the university training.

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Who we are

At Roche, more than 100,000 people across 100 countries are pushing back the frontiers of healthcare. Working together, we’ve become one of the world’s leading research-focused healthcare groups. Our success is built on innovation, curiosity and diversity.

Basel is the headquarters of the Roche Group and one of its most important centres of pharmaceutical research. Over 10,700 employees from over 100 countries come together at our Basel/Kaiseraugst site, which is one of Roche`s largest sites. Read more.

Besides extensive development and training opportunities, we offer flexible working options, 18 weeks of maternity leave and 10 weeks of gender independent partnership leave. Our employees also benefit from multiple services on site such as child-care facilities, medical services, restaurants and cafeterias, as well as various employee events.

We believe in the power of diversity and inclusion, and strive to identify and create opportunities that enable all people to bring their unique selves to Roche.


Roche is an Equal Opportunity Employer.