Internship/Placement for final-year PhDs/MDs with background in clinical neuroimaging - Roche internship for Scientific Exchange (RiSE) (as soon as possible, 9 months)

Switzerland, Switzerland

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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 and we are fearless in both decision and action. And we believe that good business means a better world.

That is why we come to work every single 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 Clinical Imaging group in Biomarkers and Translational Technologies , and perform at the Roche Innovation Center Basel, Switzerland, working with a large-scale clinical neuroimaging data set of Parkinson’s disease patients with a goal to untangle potential neural compensatory mechanisms and their effect on treatment. You will be hosted and mentored by two Roche biomarker scientists 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:

  • Get familiar with the available large-scale clinical neuroimaging data set which includes resting-state fMRI, diffusion MRI and DaT-SPECT data

  • Landscape literature on asymmetry/laterality, compensatory mechanisms in Parkinson’s disease, and aforementioned neuroimaging modalities and methods in that space

  • Structure, pre-process and statistically evaluate the data using state-of-the-art neuroimaging software or develop own software routines

  • Write up and present the results internally (group meetings, scientific colloquia) and externally (conference or scientific journal)

  • Interact with scientists in global cross-functional teams

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)

  • Background in clinical neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience, engineering, physics, or similar

  • Feeling comfortable with handling and preparing multi-site large-scale neuroimaging data sets for statistical analyses

  • Solid skills in clinical neuroimaging required, as well in writing custom scripts for data processing and analysis (in Matlab, Python, R or Shell)

  • Experience with neuroimaging software packages such as SPM, FSL, AFNI, or Conn

  • Prior experience in Parkinson’s Disease or related neurodegenerative diseases is considered a plus

Information about application documents and start date

The preferred start date of the internship is April; 2021 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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