For Scientists

SIB courses are targeted to PhDs, postdocs, technicians and researchers, from the Swiss and international scientific community. SIB courses are mostly in a face-to-face format with an emphasis on practical learning, and several of them exploit SIB's free access e-learning modules on basic bioinformatics topics.

The SIB training portfolio is composed of a wide range of courses and workshops covering several bioinformatics-related fields, such as computational biology methods, statistics and biological data analysis, and computing techniques. It is continuously evolving to meet the needs of life scientists, clinicians and bioinformaticians, from academia and private companies, and to ensure the scientists make the best of bioinformatics resources.

SIB Training relies on an extensive combination of experts and expertise from the various SIB groups, as well as national and international speakers.The SIB Training group coordinates the SIB training courses, and collaborates in pan-European and international training courses and projects with partners such as ELIXIR, ISMB and GOBLET.

For PhD Students

SIB runs the SIB PhD Training Network, a community support for PhD students carrying out their research in bioinformatics or computational biology in Switzerland. The network fosters interactions and exchanges among SIB PhD students and trains them in the most up-to-date methods necessary for their doctoral research. The laureates of the SIB Fellowship Programme are among its members.

PhD students working in a group that is member of SIB and who have been announced to SIB, are automatically regular members of the SIB PhD Training Network. PhD students not working in an SIB group can apply for membership.

At the end of their PhD, members can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. attesting their participation to the SIB PhD Training Network programme, given that they have attended at least one annual retreat, one annual general meeting and one training activity.

Questions or suggestions regarding the SIB PhD Training Network can be addressed to the Network coordinator Gregoire Rossier (SIB Training group), or to the Network delegates Amel Bekkar (Vital-IT group) and Lorenzo Gatti (Applied Computational Genomics Team).

PhD positions in bioinformatics are posted on the Jobs list. Prospective students can directly contact the Group Leaders.

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The SIB PhD Training Network is collaborating with the ISCB Regional Section Group of the Student Council in Switzerland (RSG-CH).

PhD Training Network activities

The members of the SIB PhD Training Network (TN) can benefit from the following activities:

  • International seasonal schools: Each year, the TN teams up with another PhD doctoral institution to treat a cutting-edge topic of common interest. Taking place in the Swiss mountains, the events promote interaction among the students and the internationally renowned speakers.
  • Graduate level courses: Organized in compact blocks on the campus of one of the SIB partner institutions, these courses are conceived to treat in depth key bioinformatics methodologies.
  • Retreats: these annual meetings, reserved to the TN members, combine interactive sessions in which the students can both present their work as well as network with their peers.
  • Best practices in programming": These hands-on annual workshops show starting PhD students how to improve the quality of their software.
  • SIB Days: TN members are encouraged to attend the scientific meetings of SIB, intended to foster scientific as well as social interactions between SIB members. The annual general meeting is usually organized during this event.

For most activities, our members can benefit from preferential conditions, such as free or discount registration, travel reimbursement, etc...


The SIB PhD Training Network offers networking opportunities and cutting-edge training events to PhD students doing their research in bioinformatics or computational biology.

  • Regular membership: a PhD student from a SIB group automatically becomes a regular member of the PhD Training Network, once he/she has been announced to the SIB administration by his/her group leader or administrative staff. As a regular member, you are expected to participate actively in the programme and to attend the yearly SIB PhD Retreat and at least one summer or winter school during your PhD studies.
  • External membership: If you are PhD student at a Swiss University or ETHZ/EPFL but not supervised by an SIB member, you can become an external member of the SIB PhD Training Network by filling in the admission form below and submitting a letter of reference (or email) from a SIB Group Leader. When registering to SIB PhD Training Network events, you will usually have the same preferential conditions (priority and free/discount registration) as regular members, but expenses will not be reimbursed.

Admission form

Fellowship programme

For companies

To meet the fast-evolving data science challenges of the commercial sector, SIB provides the necessary services and resources to life scientists and bioinformaticians, in fields such as genomics, proteomics and systems biology. In particular, SIB offers high-quality introductory and advanced data science training to help researchers develop expertise in a specific area.

Some of SIB's most popular courses for companies include:

  • First steps in R in Life Sciences
  • Statistics: Introduction - Intermediate - Advanced
  • RNA-sequencing: from quality control to pathway analysis
  • Transcriptomics analysis: RNA-seq
  • Machine learning for computational biology
  • Ligand-protein docking, and computer-aided drug design

Find the complete list of upcoming training events here.

The course portfolio can be tailored to the needs of your company and can be offered as on-site, private courses.
SIB training would be happy to discuss in person any bioinformatics training you may require; simply contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The following companies have trusted SIB to support their technical and scientific training:

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For clinical bioinformatics

Medical practice is undergoing a revolution around precision medicine, driven by the development of high-throughput technologies like next-generation-sequencing (NGS).

In this rapidly challenging and evolving field, SIB Clinical Bioinformatics, in collaboration with SIB Training, has started offering training courses shaped with and for clinical stakeholders, that integrate as much as possible into their continuing education programs. These courses aim at empowering clinical professionals (medical doctors, clinicians, clinical or medical laboratory professionals...) to better understand the essential bioinformatics concepts underlying the analysis, interpretation and management of molecular data and their implications in clinical routine.

Upcoming courses:

  • Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Personalized Molecular Oncology, starting in November 2018, in collaboration with Basel and Lausanne University Hospitals and Basel University (more information).
  • NGS bioinformatics quality control and variant annotation for cancer diagnosis (previous session). Next session in Q4/2019.


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