Training Opportunities

Our group can offer research opportunities for PhD students, master’s students, postdoctoral fellows and physicians in training. Enquiries can also be made if positions for sleep technologists, study nurses and research assistants are sought.


Master’s projects

Currently, we offer four different Master’s projects (5 places) in the field of chronobiology and sleep science at the Centre for Chronobiology (University of Basel, University Psychiatric Clinics Basel). Our research combines different disciplines so that the projects advertised are also suitable for students of different disciplines, including psychology, neuroscience and biology.

Depending on the project, the Master students learn different methods in the field of chronobiology and sleep science in our inter-disciplinary team. Project A deals with temperature regulation and the effects of functional sleepwear during sleep, project B aims at the effects of light therapy and mindfulness on sleep-wake rhythm, project C focuses on the effects of caffeine on human light sensitivity and chronobiological timing, and project D investigates the extent to which changes in light color (e.g., in the night shift mode of electronic devices) play a role in circadian rhythms.

For further information please contact christine.blume@upk.ch, manuel.spitschan@unibas.ch and carolin.reichert@unibas.ch. We are looking forward to hearing from you!


PhD Positions

In LIGHTCAP, 15 early stage researchers (ESR) will be trained in a joint programme between 7 academic European partners. The LIGHTCAP project is a European Training Network under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions framework. LIGHTCAP aims to provide a strong, innovative and necessary impulse to our insights in the intricate and complex relationships between light, perception, attention and cognition.

PhD position on Dose-response relationships of evening light on human CAP, circadian physiology and sleep (ESR 5)

3 year PhD position at the Centre for Chronobiology of the University of Basel

This project investigates the role of different photoreceptors (cones, rods, and ipRGCs) in the human retina and their role in driving non-visual responses during evening light exposure. The project will use novel spectrally tunable lighting sources to target different photoreceptors, with a view to characterize the contribution of the photoreceptors as a function of absolute light level on human CAP. Research will be conducted at the Centre for Chronobiology in Basel under the supervision of Dr. Manuel Spitschan, Dr. Oliver Stefani, and Prof. Christian Cajochen.

We have planned secondments with Prof. Rob Lucas at the Centre for Biological Timing, University of Manchester.

PhD position on Circadian timing system and it moderating role for light’s CAP effects in teenagers (ESR 6)

3 year PhD position at the Centre for Chronobiology of the University of Basel

In this project, we will investigate the interaction of circadian time with NIF responses in teenagers, using a combination of field and laboratory-based measurements. Research will be conducted at the Centre for Chronobiology in Basel under the supervision of Dr. Manuel Spitschan, Dr. Oliver Stefani, and Prof. Christian Cajochen.

We have planned secondments with Dr. Gilles Vandewalle at the University of Liège and the Technical University of Eindhoven.