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Postdoctoral Positions in Structural Biology

The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is one of the leading institutes worldwide for molecular and biomedical basic research and teaching. It is home to more than 30 research groups with scientists from over 40 countries. Research at the Biozentrum focuses on the areas of Cell Growth & Development, Infection Biology, Neurobiology, Structural Biology & Biophysics and Computational & Systems Biology. With its more than 500 employees, the Biozentrum is the largest department at the University of Basel’s Faculty of Science.

The Maier Lab is looking to recruit highly motivated postdoctoral scientists to study giant multienzymes, regulatory complexes and metabolic regulation.

We employ a combination of structural biology techniques, in particular cryo-EM, X-ray crystallography and XL-MS at state-of-the-art level to resolve the architecture and regulation of large protein assemblies. Additionally, we aim to visualize dynamics of multienzyme factories and transient regulatory interactions in cells.

For an overview of recent research in our team, cf. Science 351, 48-52 (2016), Nature 531, 533-537(2016); Nat Chem Biol 14, 474-479 (2018), Curr Opin Struct Biol 49, 177-189 (2018); Nature 558, 470-474 (2018). For more information, visit @MaierLab on Twitter or

Our group is embedded in the focal area “Structural Biology & Biophysics”, which offers a stimulating environment for interdisciplinary research. We collaborate intensely with teams in the areas of cellular signaling and infection biology. Excellent in-house facilities for electron microscopy, proteomics, imaging, biophysics, and large-scale computing support research and training. 

Your profile

We are looking for enthusiastic scientists who share our dedication to solve challenging problems in biology. Postdoc candidates should have obtained their PhD recently or expect to complete their PhD soon. Postdoc candidates are expected to have demonstrated their scientific excellence by at least one strong published or upcoming first author paper. 

Ideal candidates are trained in state-of-the-art structural biology of large assemblies using cryo-EM or X-ray crystallography or have specific prior experience in mTOR signaling or polyketide synthase biology. Experience in eukaryotic protein production, multi-scale modelling, super-resolution microscopy or single-molecule experiments is a plus.

We offer 

The Maier Lab is a highly motivated and collaborative team with state-of-the-art facilities for all aspects of modern structural biology. We are dedicated to excellence in research & education and provide outstanding training and career development support for Postdocs; salary and benefits are attractive.

Basel is an international city with people from 150 nations. Located on the border where three countries meet - Switzerland, Germany, France - it is Europe’s most important life sciences hub. Basel provides a high standard of living and a rich and varied cultural atmosphere.

Please submit your applications as soon as possible online. Informal inquiries via e-mail to timm.maier (at) unibasto make life hard for spam are welcome.