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Scientific Software Developer/Programmer (50-100%)

Starting immediately or as per agreement

The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is one of the leading life sciences institutes in the world. It consists of 32 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.

The research group of Richard Neher is looking for a programmer/developer. Our group is a (co-)developer of multiple scientific software packages used to track and visualize viral and bacterial evolution including nextstrain.org, TreeTime, and panX.
We are looking for somebody who would contribute to the development and maintenance of such tools and services that result from our research. These tools are used by a global community of infectious disease and public health researchers.

Your position

Your core task would be to collaborate with scientists and take new ideas from a sketch to a robust application. You would be involved in a diverse set of projects including development of data visualizations, back-ends/web services, and bioinformatic analysis workflows. We expect you to creatively contribute to these projects and you would have the opportunity to shape their development. These projects are public facing and completely open source.

Your profile

The ideal candidate for this position has experience in scientific software development and/or web-applications adhering to best-practices in software development (version control, continuous integration, unit tests). Experience with Linux environments and Python is required. The candidates should have a degree in computer science, software development, bioinformatics or equivalent experience. Due to the broad set of projects, you should have experience in at least two of the following:
  • web app development with react.js (or similar)
  • data visualization with javascript/d3
  • scientific programming in python/C++
  • development of bioinformatic analysis workflows
If you are unsure whether your profile matches what we are looking for, get in touch with Richard Neher at richard.neher@unibas.ch.

We offer

The Biozentrum offers a cutting-edge research infrastructure, a highly international environment that provides numerous opportunities to learn more, and excellent working conditions. The position is initially for 2 years, with the possibility of permanent employment. Salary and benefits according to University of Basel standards.

Application / Contact

Please apply online with a CV, letter of motivation, and a summary of past projects you worked on including links to relevant source code repositories (where possible).

For specific questions, feel free to contact Richard Neher at richard.neher@unibas.ch.
Reviewing of application will start on 15 December 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
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Polymechaniker/in (100%)

Das Biozentrum der Universität Basel ist eines der weltweit führenden Institute für Life Sciences. Seine 30 Gruppen und 500 Mitarbeitenden erforschen, wie Moleküle und Zellen Leben erschaffen. Dabei decken sie das ganze Spektrum vom Atom bis zum Organismus ab. Das 1971 gegründete Biozentrum ist Geburtsstätte zahlreicher grundlegender Entdeckungen in Biologie und Medizin und hat mehrere Nobelpreisträger hervorgebracht.

Zur Verstärkung unserer Mechanischen Werkstatt suchen wir per 1. April 2020 oder nach Vereinbarung eine/n Polymechaniker/in.

Ihre Tätigkeiten

  • Selbständiges Einrichten / Programmieren und Bedienen der CNC Maschinen
  • Produktion von Einzelteilen und Kleinserien von im Labor benötigten Spezialgeräten
  • Reparaturen und Unterhaltsarbeiten an diversen Laborgeräten

Ihr Profil

  • Abgeschlossene Berufslehre als Polymechaniker EFZ oder Werkzeugmacher EFZ
  • Fundierte CNC Kenntnisse
  • Hohe Service- und Kundenorientierung, sowie eine selbständige Arbeitsweise
  • TIG- und MAG-Schweisserfahrung von Vorteil
  • Kenntnis in der Kälte- und Vakuumtechnik von Vorteil
  • Gute Deutschkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift
  • Englischkenntnisse

Wir bieten eine abwechslungsreiche und verantwortungsvolle Tätigkeit, geregelte Arbeitszeiten sowie zeitgemässe Anstellungsbedingungen im Rahmen der universitären Gehaltsordnung. Die Stelle ist auf zwei Jahre befristet mit Option auf Festanstellung.

Fragen beantwortet Ihnen gerne Herr Raymond Strittmatter, Tel. 061 207 20 28, e-mail: raymond.strittmatter@unibas.ch

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Software Developer/DevOps Engineer (60-100%)

Starting immediately or as per agreement

The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is one of the leading life sciences institutes in the world. It consists of 32 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 Research IT technology platform is the primary contact point for scientific IT projects at the Biozentrum. We support the Biozentrum’s scientists and staff with expertise, services and custom software development to facilitate research data management, analysis and collaboration.

Your position

We are looking for a Software Developer/DevOps Engineer with experience in web technologies who enjoys both sides of the software lifecycle coin: Developing state of the art applications as well as deploying and operating systems and services in production. In this role, you support the specific needs of the research groups and administrative units at the Biozentrum.

Your responsibilities

  • Ensuring reliable operation of our existing services within a heterogeneous service infrastructure (Linux, Windows, Citrix Hypervisor), software (application software, web servers) and databases (MySQL, PostgresSQL, MS-SQL)
  • Software development, with an emphasis on web technologies
  • Planning, design, transition and operation of new services
  • Active participation in Research IT projects, such as discussing requirements with users, developing scenarios and solutions, as well as occasional training

Your profile

We are looking for an enthusiastic person with a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics or equivalent relevant experience. You have not only proven programming skills, but also outstanding analytical and collaborative skills that you enjoy bringing to the table in cross-functional projects. You like to work in an agile academic work environment and embrace a service-oriented approach. Part of your duties is to make sure that our production services run smoothly. Furthermore, you are:
  • very familiar with operation of Linux/Apache/* stacks, MySQL, PostgreSQL, familiar with other setups (Windows, MS-SQL). Experience with virtualization, containers, orchestration a definite plus.
  • experienced with web development using at least one of the following: PHP/Zend Framework, Python/Django, other frameworks a plus. Other coding and data management experience highly welcome.
  • comfortable applying software development best practices (source code versioning, unit testing, continuous integration, etc.)
Finally, you are motivated to acquire further skills on the job and believe in continuous improvement. Good communication skills in English are required; knowledge of German is an asset.

We offer

The Biozentrum offers a cutting-edge research infrastructure, a highly international environment that provides numerous opportunities to learn more, and excellent working conditions. The position is initially for 2 years, with the possibility of permanent employment. Salary and benefits according to University of Basel standards.

Application / Contact

Please apply online with a CV, letter of motivation, and the name/address of three references. Please note that only online applications will be accepted.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 December 2019.

Further information about Research IT: https://www.biozentrum.unibas.ch/researchit
For specific questions, feel free to contact Michael Podvinec, PhD, Head of Research IT (michael.podvinec@unibas.ch).
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International PhD Program "Biozentrum PhD Fellowships" Winter Call 2020

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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