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Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) PhD Fellowship

Starting immediately or upon agreement

Skilled and motivated individuals are encouraged to apply for a joint 4-year PhD Fellowship fully funded by the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) in the research groups of Roderick Lim and Maria Hondele at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland.

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.

The Lim Lab is interested in understanding the mechanism(s) of selective transport control in nuclear pore complexes and seeks to replicate such functionality in biomimetic systems. The Hondele Lab focuses on the formation, regulation, and function of membraneless organelles, in particular those associated with RNA processing.

The project
The SNI PhD Fellow will combine biophysical, molecular and cellular approaches to study liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) with a focus on understanding the exquisite biochemical selectivity and dynamics of biomolecular condensates and membraneless organelles at the nanoscale. Methods will comprise, amongst others, high-speed atomic force microscopy (HS-AFM), fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS), Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET), fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), etc..

The SNI PhD Fellow will also contribute to undergraduate level teaching.

Your profile
Interested candidates should have a background in biochemistry, biophysics, nanoscience or related disciplines. Experience in AFM or high-speed (HS-AFM) is a plus. The successful candidate is expected to be highly interactive and capable of independent research in a team environment. A solid command of oral and written English is essential.

We offer
The successful applicant will conduct cutting-edge research using state-of-the-art infrastructure in the Biozentrum, which offers a highly diverse, interdisciplinary, collaborative and stimulating research environment.

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.

Application / Contact
Application deadline: 31 October 2023

Please note that only applications through the online form will be accepted.

The application should include a brief statement of your scientific interests, your research experience, and your particular interest in this open position. In addition, a CV and the contact information of two references is required.

For informal enquiries, please contact maria.hondeleunibasch and roderick.limunibasch.