Research internships "Wahlpflichtgruppe 2"

Research internships are only considered for the Bachelor's students.

The students work on a defined research project under an individual supervision of an advanced researcher. After the project is finished the students write their project report. It is an opportunity to gather insight into current theoretical and practical research.

In the advanced studies curriculum of the Bachelor's degree course, students must attend block courses for a total of 42 ECTS. Of these, a maximum of 12 ECTS may be replaced by one or two research internships (Forschungspraktika). Research internships are considered internal when they are supervised by a research group leader associated with the Faculty of Science (MNF), who is also supervising PhD students or Master’s projects of the MNF, and external otherwise.

Paid activities such as an assistant job or a practical course temporary employment will not be accredited with credit points.  

Internal research internships

Students should arrange internal research internships directly with a research group leader. Research internships cannot be booked. Once a student has completed their internship, the student's supervisor for the internship will notify the academic support office in writing of the grade achieved and the number of credits (4-12 ETCS - one credit each fulltime week - duration of an internal research internship 4-12 weeks) to be awarded. In case of a research internship in Biomedicine the duration is 6-12 weeks and the number of credits are correspondingly 6-12 ETCS.

External research internships

Research internships supervised by people outside the MNF must be approved in advance by both the person in charge of the module, and by the academic support office ( A maximum of  6 ECTS will be accredited. Further important information can be found on the information sheet.

Modules for research internships:

BIO249    Research Internship in Quantitative and System Biology
Christof Aegerter, Christian von Mering, Konrad Basler, Kentaro Shimizu, Ueli Grossniklaus, Andreas Wagner, Christoph Zollikofer, Damian Brunner, Lucas Pelkmans, Rudolf Stoop, Bernd Bodenmiller, Urs Greber, Fritjof Helmchen, Anne Müller
BIO259    Research Internship in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Christian Lehner, Urs Greber, Konrad Basler, Silvio Hemmi, Daniel Bopp, Alex Hajnal,  Stephan Neuhauss, Monica Zwicky, Esther Stoeckli, Damian Brunner, Lucas Pelkmans, Bernd Bodenmiller, Christian Mosimann, Magdalini Polymenidou, Robin Klemm, Christian von Mering, Martin Müller, Mark Robinson, Michael Baudis, Francesca Peri, Darren Gilmour, Beat Keller, Ueli Grossniklaus

BIO269    Research Internship in Paleontology
Hugo Bucher, Marcelo Sánchez, Winand Brinkmann, Michael Hautmann, Christian Klug, Torsten Scheyer, Elke Schneebeli

Research Internship Plant Sciences
Beat Keller, Ueli Grossniklaus, Cyril Zipfel, Stefan Hörtensteiner, Kentaro Shimizu, Thomas Wicker, Christoph Ringli, Célia Jaeger-Baroux, Diana Santelia, Joop Vermeer, Rita Francisco, Anne Roulin, Julian Greenwood, Teresa Koller, Stefan Grob, Hannes Vogler, Sylvain Bischoff

BIO316    Research Internship in Microbiology
Leo Eberl, Jakob Pernthaler, Thomas Posch, Gabriella Pessi, Kirsty Agnoli, Rolf Kümmerli
BIO356    Research Internship in Developmental Biology and Genetics
Konrad Basler, Esther Stoeckli, Alex Hajnal, Christian Lehner, Monica Zwicky, Ueli Grossniklaus und weitere Dozierende der Entwicklungsbiologie und Genetik
BIO357    Research Internship in Ecology
Owen Petchey, Josh van Buskirk, Benedikt Schmidt, Wolf Blanckenhorn, Dennis Hansen, Lukas Keller, Barbara König, Kentaro Shimizu, Florian Schiestl, Florian Altermatt, Arpat Ozgul, Marcel van der Heijden, Katja Rasanen, Chris Robinson
Information sheet Internship in Ecology
BIO358    Research Internship in Behavioral Sciences
Barbara König, Marta Manser, Anna Lindholm, Arpat Ozgul, Carsten Schradin, Andreas Moser, Akos Dobay, Bart Kranstauber, Megan Wyman
BIO378    Research Internship in Evolutionary Biology and Systematics
Wolf Blanckenhorn, Lukas Keller, Rie Shimizu-Inatsugi, Peter Linder, Florian Schiestl, Elena Conti, Reto Nyffeler, Frédéric Guillaume, Hanna Kokko, Kentaro Shimizu, Josh van Buskirk, Andreas Wagner, Beat Keller, Ueli Grossniklaus
BIO381    Research Internship in Immunology
Burkhard Becher, Christian Münz, Christoph Berger, Melanie Greter, Roberto Speck, Maries van den Broek, Nicole Joller, Jan Lünemann, Lynn Wong, Anne Müller, Burkhard Ludewig, Richard Chahwan
BIO382    Research Internship in Virology
Urs Greber, Simone Bürgler, Cornel Fraefel, Huldrych Günthard, Ben Hale, Thierry Hennet, Silvio Hemmi, Michael Hottiger, Roger Kouyos, Karin Metzner, Nicolas Müller, Christian Münz, Janine Reichenbach, Silke Stertz, Alexandra Trkola, Christian von Mering
BIO383    Research Internship in Neurobiology
Stephan Neuhauss und Esther Stoeckli mit den Dozierenden der Neurobiologie
BIO550    Research Internship in Anthropology
Michael Krützen, Christoph Zollikofer und weitere Dozierende der Anthropologie
BIO761    Research Internship in Systematic Botany
Florian Schiestl, Elena Conti, Reto Nyffeler
BIO780    Museum Internship
Wolf Blanckenhorn, Christiane Jacquat, Christian Klug, Reto Nyffeler, Hans-Konrad Schmutz, Caroline Weckerle, Isabel Klusman
BIO783    Curatorial Internship in the Zurich Zoo
Lukas Keller, Samuel Furrer
BME 300    Research Internship in Biomedicine (6-12 Wo; 6-12 ECTS)
Lubor Borsig, Thierry Hennet, François Verrey, Roland Wenger, Arnold von Eckardstein, Jean Marc Fritschy, Wolfgang Berger, Carsten Wagner, Max Gassmann und weitere

Internships abroad / Exchange programs

Students should book the other lectures and internships (e.g. special lectures) for the advanced studies curriculum via the booking tool.