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Aquatic Animal Care Technician (60-100%)

Starting immediately or upon mutual agreement

How does life emerge from molecules and cells? This is the central question that motivates us. With curiosity and passion, we investigate the entire spectrum ranging from the atom to the organism. The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is one of the world’s leading life sciences institutes. With 32 groups and 500 employees, we are a dynamic and international research community that has spawned many fundamental discoveries in biology and medicine as well as several Nobel Laureates. Become part of our community!

The Schier Lab is searching for a highly motivated 60-100% Aquatic Animal Technician to support Laboratory Animal Services in maintaining and monitoring animal husbandry, health, production, and the technical surroundings in various aquatics care environments.

Your responsibilities
The successful applicant will join a dynamic research group studying vertebrate development and behavior using zebrafish, cichlids and other fish species as a model.

Your responsibility will be to maintain colonies of different fish species. Your work will include fish feeding, food preparation, tank cleaning, monitoring animal health and well-being, water quality and environmental parameters. Your activities will also involve breeding fish, performing tail fin biopsies and DNA genotyping, embryo collection, disinfection and other interventions. Furthermore, you will be involved in monitoring and maintaining the technical equipment and in the organization of facility logistics while complying with standard operating procedures.

Your profile
Applicants minimum requirements should include a high school diploma or equivalent. Previous aquatics experience is not required, but preference will be given to those with a biology background and prior animal caretaking experience, and/or LTK accreditation.

The role requires flexibility, excellent organizational and communication skills, and the ability to multi-task. Enthusiasm and motivation for biological research are critical. The shift will be Monday through Friday and may require occasional weekend and holiday work. The primary language of the laboratory and the Biozentrum is English.

We offer
This position offers an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to work as a member of a vibrant international research team. Working with different fish species, technical maintenance and managing facility logistics offers diverse activities and responsibilities. You will directly interact with scientists and help them with their animal experiments.

The initial contract will be for one year with the possibility of longer-term extension. Salary and benefits are according to University of Basel standards.

Application / Contact
Please apply online:   

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 June 1, 2023 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: alba.apariciofernandezunibasch