PhD & Postdoc-Structural Biology- Biozentrum University of Basel, Switzerland (Basel)


Location: Basel, Canton of Basel-Stadt (CH)

Deadline: 27/07/2016


Postdoctoral and PhD student positions are available in the research group of Timm Maier at the Biozentrum
(, University of Basel, Switzerland, to study giant multienzymes, large regulatory complexes and membrane protein assemblies. We employ a combination of structural biology techniques, including Xray crystallography, electron microscopy, XLMS and SAXS at state of the art level to resolve the architecture of large protein assemblies. For recent examples cf. Science 351, 4852 (2016), Nature 531, 533 537 (2016), Cell 160, 952962 (2015). Additionally, we aim to visualize dynamics of large protein assemblies and transient regulatory interactions in eukaryotic protein complexes in real time by high speed AFM and single molecule fluorescence. Our group is embedded in the focal area “Structural Biology & Biophysics” of the Biozentrum, which offers a stimulating interdisciplinary environment, and we collaborate intensely with researchers in the areas of cellular signaling and infection biology. Our team is supported by excellent in house core facilities for electron microscopy, proteomics, imaging and biophysics; dedicated large scale computing resources are available and crystallographic data collection is carried out at the nearby Swiss Light Source. We are looking for enthusiastic scientists, who share our dedication to solve challenging problems in biology.

Postdoc candidates should have obtained their PhD within the last 4 years or expect to complete their PhD soon. Ideal candidates are trained at state of the art level in structural biology of large assemblies or membrane proteins using cryo electron microscopy or Xray crystallography; experience in eukaryotic protein production or multiscale modelling is a plus. Postdoc candidates are expected to have demonstrated their scientific excellence by at least one strong published or upcoming first author paper. PhD candidates should have recently obtained or be about to obtain a master’s degree in biological sciences including hands on lab work in molecular or structural biology and should be highly motivated to pursue science.

The Biozentrum is dedicated to excellence in research and education and provides outstanding support and training for PhD students and Postdocs ( Please note that until June 20th prospective PhD students interested in joining the Biozentrum could apply for a prestigious Biozentrum fellowship with additional benefits ( program). Basel is an international center for biomedical research, with major academic institutions and research departments of leading life science companies. Situated in Switzerland on the borders to France and Germany along the river Rhine, Basel offers a high quality of living and is home to a large expat community.

How to apply

Please send your application (electronically as a single pdf document) including CV, publication record and a concise outline of prior research experience together with contact details of up to three references to Informal inquiries via email are welcome.

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