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Technician - Cell Culture & Human Tissues - Jenal lab (80-100%)

Starting September 1, 2024 or by agreement

The Jenal Lab at the Biozentrum is seeking a highly motivated and skilled laboratory technician with expertise in cell culture to join our team. This 80%-100% time position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research in lung infections and antibiotic discovery.


About the Biozentrum

How does life emerge from molecules and cells? This is the central question that motivates us. With curiosity and passion, we investigate the entire spectrum ranging from the atom to the organism. The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is one of the world’s leading life sciences institutes. With 31 groups and 500 employees, we are a dynamic and international research community that has spawned many fundamental discoveries in biology and medicine as well as several Nobel Laureates. Become part of our community!


About the Jenal Lab

Our research is embedded in the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) AntiResist and focuses on understanding lung infections in humans caused by opportunistic pathogens like Pseudomonas aeruginosa. We develop novel infection models to foster antibiotic discovery. For this, we utilize state-of-the-art human organoid technology to mimic human lung infections. We conduct a wide range of assays (cellular and molecular microbiology, advanced microscopy, omics etc.) to reach a detailed understanding of human lung infections, host response and drug treatment.


Your responsibilities

  • Lung Organoid Culture Management (50%): Maintain and manage lung organoid cultures (transwell model).
  • Cell Culture Lab Organization (25%): Oversee the organization and maintenance of the cell culture laboratory.
  • Experimental Support (25%): Perform in vitro experiments and imaging (histology, immunocytochemistry) and assist PhD students and postdocs in their research on bacterial infections and antibiotic activity.

Your profile

  • Education: Degree in biology (Bachelor’s/Master’s) or training as a lab assistant/technician.
  • Experience: At least 1-2 years of experience in cell culture work. Experience in molecular biology and microscopy techniques is of advantage. Being familiar with organoids or stem cell technology is a plus.
  • Skills: Highly organized, excellent communication skills, ability to multitask, flexible, and eager to learn new techniques. Team-player with the capability to work independently. Enthusiasm for biological research is essential.
  • Language: Proficiency in English is required as it is the primary language in the laboratory and the Biozentrum.

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 and drug development. We offer the opportunity to expand your portfolio with skills in tissue engineering and infection biology. Our team is highly inclusive, supportive and strong in communication. The Biozentrum is a front-line international research environment with cutting-edge research infrastructure and excellent working conditions. The position is initially for one year, with the possibility of further extension. Salary and benefits according to University of Basel standards.

Location: Basel is an international city with people from 150 nations. Located on the border where three countries meet, Switzerland-Germany-France, it is Europe’s most important life sciences hub. Basel provides a high standard of living and a rich and varied cultural atmosphere.


Application / Contact

The application should include a brief personal statement, explaining how your qualifications and experience relate to the role, together with a full, up-to-date CV, diplomas and at least one reference letter. Review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled. Please note that only online applications will be considered.

For any informal inquiries, please contact: Jenal-Recruitment@unibas.ch
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Entry-level position (80 - 100%) for Technical / Scientific Staff at the Imaging Core Facility (IMCF) of the Biozentrum, University of Basel

Starting 1 September 2024 or as per agreement

How does life emerge from molecules and cells? This is the central question that motivates us. With curiosity and passion, we investigate the entire spectrum ranging from the atom to the organism. The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is one of the world’s leading life sciences institutes. With 32 groups, high-end core facilities and 500 employees, we are a dynamic and international research community that has spawned many fundamental discoveries in biology and medicine as well as several Nobel Laureates. Become part of our community!

The Imaging Core Facility (IMCF) of the Biozentrum of the University of Basel is offering a position to an early-career scientist to enter the field of modern high-end light microscopy.

Your responsibilities

The candidate will support the IMCF by maintaining various state-of-the-art wide-field, confocal, spinning disk, light sheet (live cell and cleared samples), multiplexed (seqFISH), spatial transcriptomics and super-resolution (SIM, STORM/PALM) microscopes; will contribute mainly to microscope user training and to a lesser extent to image analysis; and will participate in the teaching program of the IMCF. More information about the facility, including a detailed list of equipment, can be found at https://www.biozentrum.unibas.ch/imcf/


Your profile

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with a technical or research background who combines solid technical expertise with strong communication skills. Suitable candidates are expected to have a university degree in life sciences or physics (Masters or PhD) and practical experience in at least two or more of the following areas: Optics, light microscopy techniques (widefield and/or confocal), live cell imaging. A good knowledge of image processing is a plus.

The candidate should be rigorous, reliable, well organized and have the ambition to work in a service-oriented context. Good communication skills in English and the ability to work as a team player in a multidisciplinary environment are required.


We offer

The Biozentrum offers cutting-edge research infrastructures, a highly international environment, and excellent working conditions. Salary and benefits are according to University of Basel standards.

The position provides an ideal environment into a microscopy facility career. It is initially limited to two years, but can be extended up to six years. The preferred start date is 1 September 2024, but can be negotiated.


Application / Contact

Applications via our online recruiting platform need to include the following:

  • CV
  • list of publications
  • short summary of microscopy experience with a list of microscope systems and software
  • at least one reference letter
  • motivation letter

The University of Basel is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all identities and backgrounds.

Review of applications will begin immediately and proceed until the position has been filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.

For further information, please feel free to contact Oliver Biehlmaier, PhD, Head of Imaging Core Facility (oliver.biehlmaier@unibas.ch, +41 61 207 20 73).
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