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Postdoctoral Researcher in Immune cell homeostasis and activation

Starting 1 January 2021 or upon mutual agreement

The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is one of the leading Life Sciences Institutes in the world. It accommodates 30 research groups and 500 employees investigating how molecules and cells create life, spanning the scale from atom to organism. Founded in 1971, the Biozentrum has been the birthplace of many fundamental discoveries in biology and medicine, spawning several Nobel Laureates.

A postdoctoral position is available from January 2021 onwards in the group of Prof. Jean Pieters at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel. Our laboratory is investigating the cellular processes that are involved in the body’s immune responses towards pathogenic stimuli (see e.g. PMID: 18345003, 23765056 and 30611611). One important branch of immunity is regulated by T cells, that not only play a key role in controlling infections but also in auto- and alloimmune responses, and a major aim of the project will be to unravel the biochemical and molecular mechanisms involved in T cell activation and homeostasis.

Your responsibilities

To study the processes involved in immune cell homeostasis and activation using a combination of innovative in vitro and in vivo approaches.

Your profile

The successful candidate will have a strong background in immunology, cell biology and molecular biology and ideally be familiar with both in vitro and in vivo techniques. Furthermore, the candidate should exhibit team spirit, be highly motivated, self-driven and creative.

We offer

Our group consists of a dynamic group of scientists with experience spanning from basic biochemistry and cell biology to in vivo modeling of disease. We collaborate with our excellent and state-of-the-art core facilities.

Application / Contact

Applications should include a motivation letter that includes a statement of research interests, your CV, and three recommendation letters.

We start reviewing applications from October 1, 2020, until the position is filled. In all cases, you will be notified of the outcome of your application. Please note that only online applications will be accepted.

For any inquiries please contact jean.pieters@unibas.ch.
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Laboratory Technician BSL-3 (80-100%)

Starting 1 December 2020 or upon mutual agreement

The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is one of the leading life sciences institutes in the world. It consists of 30 groups and 500 employees that research how molecules and cells create life, spanning the scale from atom to organism. Founded in 1971, the Biozentrum has been the birthplace of many fundamental discoveries in biology and medicine, spawning several Nobel Laureates.

The new BSL-3 Facility at the Biozentrum is searching for a highly motivated 80-100% laboratory technician.


Your responsibilities

The successful applicant will join the new Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) Facility at the Biozentrum, where research on highly pathogenic micro-organisms will be conducted. Main responsibilities include (i) general support functions and maintenance of the Facility (approximately 40% of the time) (ii) training of new users to the specific Biosafety standards required for work at BSL3 (approximately 10% of the time) (iii) the support of PhD students and postdocs in ongoing BSL-3 research activities of the Dehio lab, studying the intracellular lifecycle of the bacterial pathogen Brucella (approximately 50% of working time). About 50% of the work will be directly linked to working under BSL-3 containment.


Your profile

Applicants should have a degree as “Laborant/in” or a Bachelor Degree in Biology or related topics. At least two years’ experience working with techniques in infection microbiology, cell culture, and molecular biology is required. Experience with BSL-3 environment constitutes a clear asset. Familiarity with animal experimentation (mice) or microscopy techniques would be of advantage. The role requires diligence, excellent organizational and communication skills, and the ability to multi-task. The applicant should enjoy working as a team member as well as independently. Enthusiasm and motivation for biological research are critical. The primary language of the laboratory and the Biozentrum is English.


We offer

This position offers an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to contribute to a vibrant international research community and to tackle challenging questions in infection biology. The position is available from 1 December 2020. The initial contract will be for two years with the possibility of a permanent extension.

For more information on research in the Dehio Lab see: https://www.biozentrum.unibas.ch/research/researchgroups/overview/unit/dehio/

Application / Contact

The application should include a brief personal statement, explaining how your qualifications and experience make you an ideal candidate for this job, together with a full, up-to-date CV and addresses of 2 references.

We start reviewing applications from 1 October 2020 until the position is filled. In all cases, you will be notified of the outcome of your application. Please note that only online applications will be accepted.

For any informal enquiries, please contact: Maxime Québatte, Head of the BSL-3 Facility (m.quebatte@unibas.ch).
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Research Data Engineer (100%) – NCCR AntiResist

Starting per agreement on or after Oct. 1, 2020

The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is one of the leading Life Sciences Institutes in the world. It accommodates 30 research groups and 500 employees investigating how molecules and cells create life, spanning the scale from atom to organism. Founded in 1971, the Biozentrum has been the birthplace of many fundamental discoveries in biology and medicine, spawning several Nobel Laureates.

National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) “AntiResist: New approaches to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria” (2020-2032) is a Swiss-wide interdisciplinary center for antibiotic research with strong collaborations between biologists, clinicians, engineers, computational scientists and chemists. This network is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation as part of their major support in strengthening research in areas of strategic importance. Our goals are to develop laboratory models mimicking infection processes in human patients, and to use these models to discover innovative antibiotics and alternative strategies to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. At the core of this venture are direct links between basic and clinical research, bioengineering, and pharmaceutical industry to help solving the current antibiotic crisis.

NCCR AntiResist is recruiting for the position of Research Data Engineer.


The position

The Research Data Engineer is responsible for building and managing the Research Data Ecosystem of the consortium. The Research Data Ecosystem of the project will consist of a heterogeneous set of existing, and possibly some new data management systems for different types of data (microscopy, next-generation sequencing, proteomics). In collaboration with data providers involved in the project (e.g. technology platforms), our new collaborator will develop and maintain an environment enabling data federation (e.g. cross-linking identifiers at the various service platforms and/or linking data hosted in local data management systems). The key responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintain a catalog of data sources, data types and an overview of the data flows in the project
  • In collaboration with institutional Technology Platform, set-up and maintain the database infrastructure to host and inter-link research data (data federation)
  • Ensure integrity of the research data and monitor compliance with documentation guidelines by AntiResist scientists
  • Develop crawlers tailored to different subject specific databases that stores data and to backlin
  • Develop the code necessary to ensure smooth interoperability between data management systems and the federation environment (database “crawlers”, monitoring availability of data in federated systems, etc.)
  • Assist with data annotation and metadata creation
  • For this challenging and exciting position, we are looking for these qualifications: In execution of these functions, the Research Data Engineer is at the center of the data produced by the entire consortium. Making sure that data produced by the consortium are managed along the FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) is paramount to the success of the project.

Your profile

For this challenging and exciting position, we are looking for these qualifications:

  • BSc in Computer Sciences or equivalent is a minimum, an MSc in Computer Sciences is preferred
  • Min. 3 years of experience working in a support role with more than one research data management system (e.g. LIMS (e.g. Labkey), ELN, data type-specific data management system (Omero, Orthanc, etc.)
  • Highly proficient with at least one scripting language (Python preferred), including development of interface code between systems using APIs (XML, JSON)
  • Experience with databases technologies (SQL, NoSQL; schema design, use of APIs)
  • Additional experience with lightweight UI development using Javascript is desirable
  • Thrives on multidisciplinary team collaborations
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Working language is English (oral and written)
  • Knowledge of German is desirable

We offer

We offer a highly visible, vibrant, inclusive, and flexible international working environment in a network of world-leading research institutes and pharmaceutical companies in Switzerland. The working place is at University of Basel as home institution of the NCCR. The new collaborator will report to the scientific leadership of the NCCR project and will be embedded in sciCORE, the scientific computing center of University of Basel (https://scicore.unibas.ch/). Salary will be commensurate with institutional guidelines of the University of Basel and level of experience. Starting date is negotiable on or after Oct. 1, 2020. The initial contract is for 1 year, with the expectation to extend to each continued 4-year phase of the NCCR. The position of Research Data Engineer is extendable up to the full 12-year program.

Application / Contact

The application should include a brief personal statement, explaining how your qualifications and experience make you a good candidate for this job, together with a full, up-to-date CV and addresses of 2 references.

We start reviewing applications from 1 September 2020 until the position is filled. Please note that only online applications will be accepted.

For further information, please contact Dr. Anne-Cécile Hiebel (AntiResist Coordinator) or Prof. Christoph Dehio (AntiResist Director) at recruitment@nccr-antiresist.ch)
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Scientific Officer (80-100%) - NCCR AntiResist

Starting per agreement

The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is one of the leading Life Sciences Institutes in the world. It accommodates 30 research groups and 500 employees investigating how molecules and cells create life, spanning the scale from atom to organism. Founded in 1971, the Biozentrum has been the birthplace of many fundamental discoveries in biology and medicine, spawning several Nobel Laureates.

National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) “AntiResist: New approaches to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria” (2020-2032) is a Swiss-wide interdisciplinary center for antibiotic research with strong collaborations between biologists, clinicians, engineers, computational scientists and chemists. This network is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation as part of their major support in strengthening research in areas of strategic importance. Our goals are to develop laboratory models mimicking infection processes in human patients, and to use these models to discover innovative antibiotics and alternative strategies to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. At the core of this venture are direct links between basic and clinical research, bioengineering, and pharmaceutical industry to help solving the current antibiotic crisis.

NCCR AntiResist is recruiting for the position of Scientific Officer.


The position

The Scientific Officer is a full member of the NCCR management team and is responsible for scientific affairs. The key responsibilities include:

  • In collaboration with the Executive board, contribute to the planning, evaluation and coordination of research projects of the NCCR
  • Monitor the scientific progress of the consortium
  • Coordinate and finalize the annual scientific report and prepare the yearly site visit of the international review board in close collaboration with the board of Directors and the Swiss National Science Foundation
  • Coordinate and finalize the proposals for subsequent funding periods of the NCCR (2024-2032)
  • Contribute to the organization of scientific events including a biennial international conference
  • Coordinate the communication of achievements of the consortium to the scientific community and the public and propagates events supported or organized by the NCCR via social media channels
In execution of these functions, the Scientific Officer is at the center of the scientific communication between the management board, various other internal boards, Work Package and Project leaders and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Your profile

  • A Doctoral degree in the field of Life Sciences, Medical Sciences or Bioengineering and at least two years of experience as postdoc, as scientific editor, or in industry
  • Thrives on multidisciplinary collaborations within a team
  • Strong editorial skills and experience in formal presentation of scientific data (e.g., publications; congress posters and presentations; grant proposal writing; medical writing)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Full professional proficiency in English is essential. Proficiency in German desired
  • Knowledge in social media and website content management would be of advantage

We offer

We offer a highly visible, vibrant, inclusive, and flexible international working environment in a network of world-leading research institutes and pharmaceutical companies in Switzerland. The working place is at University of Basel as home institution of the NCCR. Salary will be commensurate with institutional guidelines of the University of Basel and level of experience. Starting date is negotiable on or after Aug. 1, 2020. The position of Scientific Officer is extendable up to the full 12-year program.
For more information visit https://nccr-antiresist.ch/ and https://www.unibas.ch/en/Research/NCCR/Antiresist.html.


Application / Contact

The application should include a brief personal statement, explaining how your qualifications and experience make you a good candidate for this job, together with a full, up-to-date CV and addresses of 2 references.

We start reviewing applications from 27 July 2020 until the position is filled. Please note that only online applications will be accepted.

For further information, please contact Dr. Anne-Cécile Hiebel (AntiResist Coordinator, a.hiebel@unibas.ch) or Prof. Christoph Dehio (AntiResist Director, christoph.dehio@unibas.ch)
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Administrative Assistant (80%)

Starting on 1.10.2020 or as per agreement

The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is one of the leading Life Sciences Institutes in the world. It accommodates 30 research groups and 500 employees investigating how molecules and cells create life, spanning the scale from atom to organism. Founded in 1971, the Biozentrum has been the birthplace of many fundamental discoveries in biology and medicine, spawning several Nobel Laureates.

The NCCR AntiResist is a Swiss-wide, multidisciplinary research consortium, which aims at developing innovative antimicrobial approaches for important human pathogens. The University of Basel is the home Institution of NCCR AntiResist.

The Biozentrum and NCCR AntiResist are searching for a highly motivated administrative assistant to govern their international PhD programs.


Your responsibilities

  • Administrative support for PhD students (from registration to PhD exam)
  • Organization of the Biozentrum PhD Fellowship interview program
  • Organization of the graduate program "Health & Infection – Basel"
  • Implementing and organizing extra-curricular courses and education programs
  • Generating statistics monitoring the PhD program and students
  • Preparing advertisement for the PhD program
  • Managing finance and internal reporting
  • Administering and monitoring of teaching assignments

Your profile

  • Completed commercial apprenticeship with several years of practical experience, preferably in a university environment
  • Excellent written and spoken German and English
  • High competence in the use of modern means of communication
  • Proficient in handling various office software
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Flexibility in learning new tasks
  • Excellent team player
  • Proactive and empathic personality
  • University degree in natural sciences or experience in research could be of an advantage
You work in a goal-oriented, forward-looking and prudent manner, are a good team player, well organized and used to working independently? You are able to react confidently and flexibly to the diverse demands of the university research environment? Do you enjoy dealing with people from all over the world? Then you are the person we are looking for.

We offer

We offer an exciting and inspiring work environment with stimulating collaborations within the Institute, the University, in Switzerland and worldwide.
The initial contract will be for two years with the possibility of a permanent employment after positive evaluation. Salary and benefits according to University of Basel standards.

For more information visit https://www.biozentrum.unibas.ch/phd/phd-at-a-glance/overview/ and https://www.unibas.ch/en/Research/NCCR/Antiresist.html

Application / Contact

The application should include a brief personal statement, explaining how your qualifications and experience make you a good candidate for this job, together with a full, up-to-date CV and addresses of 2 references.

We start reviewing applications from 3 August 2020 until the position is filled. Please note that only online-applications will be accepted.

For further information, please contact Prof. Marek Basler (Head of PhD Program, marek.basler@unibas.ch) or Angie Klarer (PhD Program coordinator, angie.klarer@unibas.ch)
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International PhD Program "Biozentrum PhD Fellowships" Winter Call 2020_21

Excellent students from all over the world are encouraged to apply for the prestigious "Biozentrum PhD Fellowships" program.

The aim of the fellowships which are sponsored by the Werner Siemens-Foundation and the University of Basel is to select and promote highly talented graduate students in the area of Life Sciences. The fellowships offer direct access to the PhD program of the Biozentrum, University of Basel, additional financial support, a rotation-based selection of the research group, and support for the attendance of scientific meetings and courses during the PhD.
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