RiSE - Roche internship for Scientific Exchange - in resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (from October 2020, 9 months)

Switzerland, Basel-City, Basel

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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. We are courageous in both decision and action. And we believe that good business means a better world. That is why we come to work each 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 RiSE student in the NRD DTA you will join our group in Biomarkers and Translational Technologies, and perform at the Roche Innovation Center Basel, Switzerland, exploratory analyses on brain functional magnetic resonance connectivity in Alzheimer’s disease. 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

  • Analyse functional and structural magnetic resonance images,
  • Perform statistical analysis on imaging and clinical data,
  • Present your progress at internal meetings,
  • Summarize your work and draft a publication.

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 or medical degree program at a university and are looking to expand your experience with an industry internship (must still be enrolled at university for 50% of the duration of the stay at Roche)
  • Experience in MRI data processing using the most used pipeline (e.g. SPM, freesurfer)
  • Excellent coding experience in Matlab (python a plus)
  • Good understanding of scientific principles; good analytical and mathematical skills
  • Executing scientific rigor
  • Able to work in a team setting and in a multifunctional and multicultural environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Information about application documents and start date

The preferred start date of the internship is October 2020 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

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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