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Laboratory Technician (80-100%)

Starting on 1 August 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 Jenal Lab at the Biozentrum is searching for a highly motivated 80-100% laboratory technician with experience in cell biology and cell culture techniques.

Your responsibilities

The successful applicant will join a dynamic research group studying how bacterial pathogens establish infections and how this effects the response to antibiotic treatment. Main responsibilities include i) support of cell culture experiments to develop lung tissue models for infection experiments with bacterial pathogens (approx. 50% of working time) ii) support of PhD students and postdocs in their research activities studying molecular mechanisms of bacterial infections and antibiotic activity (approx. 25%) iii) general support functions and maintenance of the lab (approx. 25%).

Your profile

You have a “Laborant/in” degree or a Bachelor degree in Biology or related topics. We expect good technical expertise in cell culture work (at least 1-2 years of experience) and possibly (but not mandatory) experience in molecular biology and/or microbiology techniques. The position requires diligence, highly developed organizational and communication skills, and the ability to multi-task. Flexibility and a strong desire to learn new techniques is of advantage. We are seeking a team-player, who is also capable of working independently. Enthusiasm and motivation for biological research are essential. The primary language of the laboratory and the larger environment at 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. We offer the opportunity to expand your portfolio with skills in microbiology and infection biology.

Earliest starting date is Aug 1st 2020. The initial contract will be for one year with the possibility for extension.

For more information on research in the Jenal Lab see:


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

We start reviewing applications in July 2020 until the position is filled. In all cases, you will be notified of the outcome of your application.

For general inquiries please send an e-mail to ( directly.

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Assistant/Associate Professor in Structural Biology and Biophysics

The Biozentrum of the University of Basel in Switzerland invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship or a tenured associate professorship in cellular structural biology and biophysics. Candidates exploring fundamental questions in modern biology by structural and biophysical techniques including cryo-electron tomography/microscopy or other groundbreaking technologies will be considered.

Your position

The new professor should have a strong research record and excellent communication skills, will complement and enhance the research portfolio of the Biozentrum as well as the broader Basel Life Sciences Community, and will contribute to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Your profile

We are interested in candidates using innovative approaches to explore fundamental questions in biology. They should have a visionary research program and be experts in structural and biophysical methods including cryo-electron tomography/microscopy or other groundbreaking technologies.

We offer

We offer a very generous research endowment, including support for students, postdocs, technicians and consumables, and state-of-the-art core facilities. The Biozentrum consists of 30 research groups and 250 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students from more than 50 countries researching in fields ranging from structural, computational, cellular and developmental biology to microbiology and neuroscience. Basel is the home of a vibrant international life sciences community and provides a high standard of living and a superb cultural and cosmopolitan atmosphere.


Applications should be submitted online through this platform as a single PDF (including a short motivation letter addressed to Prof. Martin Spiess, Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Basel; CV; list of publications; and a two-page summary of past, current and future research). During online submission, applicants have to name three referees who will be asked for confidential letters of reference. For informal inquiries please contact Prof. Alex Schier (

The deadline for receipt of applications is September 15, 2020. The University of Basel is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer committed to excellence through diversity.

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