SNSF / ERC Fellowships

Encouraging researchers to apply for SNSF financed group leader positions to be hosted by the DBC




The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) offers three funding schemes for career development aimed at junior group leaders:


  • Ambizione grants are aimed at young researchers who wish to conduct, manage and lead an independent project at a Swiss higher education institution. The scheme supports young researchers both from Switzerland and abroad. Scientists holding non-professorial academic positions at higher education institutions are also eligible to submit an application.
  • PRIMA grants are aimed at excellent women researchers who show a high potential for obtaining a professorship. PRIMA grantees conduct an independent research project with their own team at a Swiss research institution.
  • SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships are aimed at highly qualified young researchers who aspire to a permanent professorship. Eccellenza supports them in achieving their goal by allowing them to lead a generously funded research project for up to five years with their own team at a Swiss higher education institution.


The Department of Computational Biology (DBC) at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) currently consists of nine groups covering a broad range of research questions. In our research, we use modelling, simulation and, in general, computational approaches as main investigative tools. We take advantage of data generated by high-throughput technologies to address a plethora of biological and medical questions, ranging from fundamental aspects of cell biology to those of the entire organism, populations, species, or even whole ecosystems.


The DBC welcomes researchers in the field of Computational Biology who are interested in developing their independent research with the help of the above mentioned funding schemes. We will support strong candidates with research complementary to our current strengths and fitting with our overall department vision by providing feedback in the grant writing and preparation for the interview stage.


Our support of success applicants during their grant period includes:


  • Furnishing a nurturing and stimulating environment
  • Hosting the candidate’s group in our office space
  • Offering access to our computing infrastructure 


Candidates should send their CV and a one-page outline of their research ideas to half a year before the next application deadline.

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