We are offering a 1-year research-assistant position on the topic of “Development of Bioassays for Measuring Nanoparticle - protein interactions” in the research group of Prof. Torsten Schwede. This project is embedded within the Nanoscreen Consortium, an excellent international collaborative network of industrial and academic partners in engineered nanomaterials design, production, characterization, in vitro testing and measurement-science.
The goal of this specific research project is the investigation of binding mechanisms of proteins to nanoparticles of different materials and sizes. You will produce recombinant proteins and develop analytical tools to study protein-nanoparticle interactions systematically. Some of your analytical work will be carried out in specialized partner-laboratories around Switzerland. The aim of the study is to correlate the nanoparticle interaction patterns in vitro with bio-responses observed within the consortium. This work is expected to contribute to predictive nanotoxicology, with numerous potential applications in the design of novel nanomaterials.
Applicants should have very strong practical research experience, particularly in protein biochemistry and bio-analytics, including developing ELISA or similar assays. Attention to detail, a systematic & self-organized working style, motivation to take on new challenges, good team-working and communication skills are essential for this collaborative project.
The Schwede group is renowned for SWISS-MODEL (swissmodel.expasy.org), a widely used automated protein structure homology-modelling server. The molecular modelling activities of the group are complemented with a well-equipped experimental laboratory at the Biozentrum, where most of the work will be performed.
The position is available immediately and is limited to one year. The University of Basel, Switzerland is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from both female and male candidates.
Please submit your application online through the Biozentrum website including a CV, a letter of motivation highlighting your personal interests and contributions to the field of protein biochemistry and bioassays, as well as contact information of referees. Incoming applications will be evaluated continuously until the position is filled.