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Neuroscience Center Zurich

Application and Registration


Interested candidates have two possibilities to join the ZNZ International PhD Program in Neuroscience:

Track I (Application via Life Science Zurich Graduate School)

File an application via the Life Science Zurich Graduate School (track I).
Application deadlines: 1 May and 1 November. *

Track I candidates who are invited for the Life Science Zurich Graduate School interview days will need to pass an admission interview. A successfull admission interview will grant them access to all PhD programs within the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

Track II (Direct Application via ZNZ Group Leader)

Contact ZNZ group leaders of your choice directly to enquire about possible Ph.D. openings and apply directly to group leader (track II). Please also check the job market on our website.

To ensure equal treatment of all applicants and in accordance with the rules of the LSZGS, group leaders are required to organize a formal admission interview with their future PhD students if recruited via track II. The interview should be conducted in presence of at least one other PI or faculty member and the supervisor should fill out a short interview protocol (download template (DOC, 79 KB)).

* Please do not apply via the Life Science Zurich Graduate School online system if you have already secured a PhD position with a group leader. In this case, please follow the instructions for track II admissions.


If the candidate and the future supervisor have both agreed on the PhD research project and a position is provided by the supervisor, the registration process can be started.

1) Registration for the ZNZ PhD Program in Neuroscience

a) Fill out the registration form (PDF, 2 MB) for the ZNZ PhD Program  (for all students).

b) Provide proof of admission: admission interview protocol (DOC, 79 KB)
     (only for "Track II" students)

Please send the completed above form(s) via Email to We do not need the original paper forms.


2) Matriculation as a PhD student at UZH or ETH

In addition to the registration at the ZNZ office (see above), the prospective PhD student must also matriculate at the University of Zurich or ETH Zurich, depending on the PhD supervisor’s affiliation.

Important: Please note that your supervisor’s group will deal with your employment contract and the necessary HR and visa formalities but it is your responsibility to register in parallel as a PhD student at either UZH or ETH. Permits for foreign PhD students are linked to the registration at a Swiss University, students should therefore start the registration process early on.


Here is a summary of the registration processes for PhD students at UZH and ETH:

a) Registering as a PhD Student at the University of Zurich

b) Registering as a PhD Student at ETH Zurich