Doctoral Position in Veterinary Physiology

University of Zurich Institute of Veterinary Physiology


Institute of Veterinary Physiology

Dissertation (Dr. med. vet.) Novel appetite stimulants to treat anorexia nervosa and anorexia-cachexia

A PhD position is available at the Institute of Veterinary Physiology, Vetsuisse Faculty University of Zurich.

Your responsibilities

A position for a doctoral student is available at the Institute of Veterinary Physiology, Vetsuisse Faculty University of Zurich. This position will be in collaboration with the biotechnological company EraCal Therapeutics AG in Schlieren.
The candidate will be part of an ambitious research team focusing on the discovering new small molecules to prevent inappetence. Appetite reduction is a hallmark of human disease and most notable in anorexia nervosa and cancer anorexia cachexia patients. The end goal of this project is to develop first-in-class medication to treat common and rare forms of anorexia based on novel mechanisms in stimulating appetite. The experimental work will be performed in mouse models and in Zebrafish larvae to screen and assess the anorectic effect of small molecules. Dose-response, embryologic mortality, developmental defects and/or developmental delays will be determined.

Your profile

Strong interest in academic research and motivation to pursue an academic career.
Ability to work both independently and in a team.
Strong command of English.

What we offer

We offer varied and interesting work in an inspiring and socially relevant environment.
Diversity and inclusion are important to us.

Place of work

Winterthurerstrasse 260, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland

Start of employment

Employment start date will be February, 1st, 2023.
Please submit your application by 31.12.2022.

Further information

PD Christelle Le Foll, PhD
Phone: +41 – 44 – 635 88 36

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