PhD Internship – Early Development – RiSE (9 months) (m/f/d)

  • Internship
  • Basel

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Roche is an equal opportunity employer.

Who we are

At Roche, 98.000 people across 150 countries are pushing back the frontiers of healthcare. Working together, we`ve become one of the world`s leading research focused healthcare groups. Our success is built on innovation, curiosity and diversity, and on seeing each other`s differences as an advantage. To innovate healthcare, Roche has ambitious plans to keep learning and growing – and is seeking people who have the same goals for themselves.

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 group in Early Development at the Roche Innovation Center Basel, Switzerland to analyze clinical data from a well-characterized global pediatric autism trial to inform the development of a fit-for-purpose Clinical Global Impression (CGI) scale for future autism clinical trials. 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:

  • Develop under the direction of a multi-disciplinary mentor team a clinical data analysis plan to better understand the performance of global impression scales in previous pediatric autism clinical trials
  • Identify factors of existing global impression scales that improve sensitivity to change and improve the association between the global impression scales and other key clinical outcome assessments
  • Inform the development of an adapted global impression scale that could be used in future trials to assess the efficacy of novel interventions for the core symptoms of autism
  • Engage enthusiastically with internal and external clinical experts and key opinion leaders in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders to review findings
  • Take the lead in drafting a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and make presentations to the project team


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
  • Research and/or clinical experience in autism including knowledge of autism with respect to clinical phenotyping
  • Experience in other neurodevelopmental disorders and the development and validation of clinical outcome measures will also be considered
  • Competence in data analytic skills, including descriptive, statistical and graphical summaries (preferably in R)
  • Experience in or willingness to learn about key clinical measures of the autism phenotype (e.g. Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Autism Diagnostic Interview, Social Responsiveness Scale), measures of functioning (e.g. IQ, Vineland), and Clinical Global Impression scales (Ohio Autism Clinical Impressions Scale)
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills


Information about application documents and start date:

The preferred start date of the internship is February/March 2022 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 program.

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Job Level:

Entry Level

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