Bioinformatician / Data Analyst (100%)

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.

A bioinformatics data analyst position is available in the group of Mihaela Zavolan, at the Biozentrum, University of Basel. The group combines high-throughput experimental with computational approaches to study many aspects of RNA processing in the context of processes such as organism aging and cancer development.

The expertise of our group members covers the entire spectrum of biomedical research, from molecular biology to computational tool development, data analysis and software engineering. We recently relocated in a new building in a large and very active life science research park that includes multiple research institutes.

We study how gene expression is regulated in mammalian cells, how it is perturbed in diseases and what key factors are responsible for dysregulation.

We are looking for a talented bioinformatician with extensive experience in transcriptome and proteome data analysis to help us integrate data sets generated in our lab or through collaborative projects.

Your profile

You hold a PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology or related field, and you have strong experience in analyzing sequence data (transcriptomes, proteomes, binding data for RNA-binding proteins or transcription factors).

Your position

You work closely with other members of the group to help analyze and integrate high-throughput data sets, supporting ongoing projects in the group as well as our collaborative projects.

We offer

We are a highly interdisciplinary, international and supportive team of scientists, where you will have the opportunity to broaden your horizons, develop new ideas, and engage other team members in implementing and testing your ideas in experimental systems. At the Biozentrum we have access to state-of-the-art facilities for systems-level interrogation of biological systems and a computational infrastructure to match the demands of big data science. We are also part of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and of the NCCR network “RNA and Disease”. The position is for two years. It is available immediately. The call is open until the position is filled.

Basel is an international city with people from 150 nations. Located on the border where Switzerland, Germany, and France meet, Basel is home for a large number of institutions for biomedical research, with numerous possibilities for training, networking and career development. The city 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 and contact information of two references. We will review applications starting November 10, 2021 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 Mihaela Zavolan, e-mail:

Check out a few of our recent publications

On PolyASite: Herrmann CJ et al, doi 10.1093/nar/gkz918

On Sarkopenia: Börsch A et al, doi 10.1038/s42003-021-01723-z

On Bayesian Inference: Breda J et al, doi 10.1038/s41587-021-00875-x

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