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Research Data Manager (80-100%) – NCCR AntiResist

Starting per agreement as soon as possible

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 Manager.


The position

The Research Data Manager 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) and with scientific IT platforms at the University Hospital Basel (USB) and University of Basel, 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).

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.
  • Contribute to design and implementation of 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.)
  • 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 backlink
  • Assist with data annotation and metadata creation
In execution of these functions, the Research Data Manager 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.

Who You Are

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

  • MSc or PhD in Computer Science with experience in life sciences, Computational sciences or equivalent.
  • Proficient in managing life-science data over the entire data life cycle: from data capture, annotation with controlled vocabularies/ontologies, QC and curation, to publication in domain-specific repositories (e.g. Pride, EGA, PDB, etc.)
  • 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)
  • In-depth understanding of database technologies (SQL, NoSQL; schema design, APIs)
  • Thrives on multidisciplinary team collaborations
  • Excellent organizational skills, capable of working autonomously
  • Working language is English (oral and written)

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. The position is available immediately. 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 Manager 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 2 November 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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SNSF Eccellenza Assistant Professor

The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is looking to sponsor applicants for Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Eccellenza Fellows will be appointed as non-tenure track Assistant Professors at the University of Basel. Candidates exploring fundamental questions in modern biology will be considered. Per Eccellenza requirements, candidates performed at least two years of research activity at a Swiss Research Centre, or have Swiss nationality or a Swiss higher education degree.

Your profile

You have an outstanding research record and are looking to develop your independent group within the Biozentrum and the broader Basel Life Sciences Community. You have strong communication skills and will contribute to teaching. For eligibility to apply for Eccellenza grants, see the eccellenza website.

We offer

We will host your application for a SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowship. Eccellenza covers your salary and provides project funds of up to 1,000,000 Swiss francs for a five-year period. We will complement this support by a generous research endowment, laboratory facilities, administrative support, and access to state-of-the-art core facilities. The Biozentrum consists of 32 research groups with 220 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. The University of Basel is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Application/Contact

Applications should be submitted as a single pdf that includes a short motivation letter, CV, two-page summary of current and proposed research, and contact details of 3 referees.
For informal inquiries please contact Dr. Simone Grumbacher at simone.grumbacher@unibas.ch. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 23, 2020.

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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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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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