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Would you like to do your “Maturarbeit” or a project in the field of molecular biology at the Biozentrum or are you already in the bachelor's program and want to experience what it means to be a scientist? We offer pupils, undergraduate students and young scientists with a university degree various internship opportunities.

Work experience for pupils
Would you like to get an insight into laboratory work for one day or do you want to do your “Maturarbeit” at the Biozentrum? We offer pupils the opportunity of the following short internships:

  • Lab introduction day - 1 day
  • Work experience placement  - 1 to 2 weeks

Please send your application for an internship to the Human Resources Department: hr-biozentrum(at)unibasto make life hard for spam Your application should include the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Completed application form including details of the goals and the requested dates for the visit 
  • Information indicating the research area of interest (see below)

We can offer about 15 work experience placements per year. Good English skills are a prerequisite, as the scientists at the Biozentrum come from 45 different countries and English is spoken in many laboratories.

Internships for bachelor's students
With the "Biozentrum Research Summer" we offer undergraduate students in their second year of study, the unique opportunity to work in a research group for seven to nine weeks. You will experience what it means to be a scientist, be able to put your classroom learning into practice and be part of a real lab community. More information can be found here.

Internships for students with a science degree
If you have completed a science degree and are interested in undertaking a 1 to 6 month internship, you can apply directly to the Research Group Leader of the group in which you are interested to work.  You will find an overview of the research groups here. Due to labor regulations only students from Switzerland and EU and EFTA countries can be admitted. 

Research Areas
The molecular and biomedical basic research at the Biozentrum encompasses a broad range of topics.  In order to be able to arrange for a placement that corresponds to your interest, it is important that you indicate in the application form to which of the five following focal areas you give preference: 

  • Cell Growth & Development: The spatial and temporal regulation of the interactions between molecules is fundamental to all forms of life. The research groups in this field seek to uncover how these interactions bring about cell growth, cell division and ultimately the development of living organisms. These insights help to better understand, for instance, various cancers or muscle function. more

  • Infection Biology: The incidence of tuberculosis and other often lethal infectious diseases are on the rise worldwide. In order to better understand and hence more effectively combat bacterial infections, the infection biologists at the Biozentrum study such pathogens at the cellular and molecular level. Since some groups work with dangerous pathogens, which makes work experience and internships in these labs impossible, only very few positions are available in infection Biology. more

  • Neurobiology: Understanding the nervous system has always been and still remains one of the greatest challenges in the sciences. The focus of the researchers lies on the mechanisms underlying the development of the nervous system. The studies provide important insights into the formation and organization of neuronal networks and their function in sensory perception and movement. more

  • Structural Biology & Biophysics: Aided by the newest technology, ranging from  light microscopy, electron microscopy and  scanning probe microscopy to X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy, the scientific researchers in this field explore the still largely unresolved questions, such as how the structure effects the function of biomolecules. more

  • Computational & Systems Biology: The scientists in this area work at the interface between biology, mathematics, and informatics, Using models and simulations, they investigate proteins structures, genetic networks and genome evolution. more