Biozentrum Research Summer

Biozentrum Research Summer: Internships for Bachelor Students

The Biozentrum offers Bachelor Students the opportunity to immerse themselves in real-life science projects. During the “Biozentrum Research Summer 2018” you will spend six to nine weeks in a Biozentrum Research Group, perform original research and participate in an inspiring scientific and social program. The internship is open to Bachelor Students in Biology, Nanosciences, Chemistry, Physics, Computational Sciences and related fields.

Do you want to experience what it means to be a scientist? Are you eager to put your classroom learning into practice and be part of a real lab community? If your answers are “yes”, join us for the Biozentrum Research Summer – a new internship program for Bachelor students. You will have the opportunity to make great discoveries and experience what scientific research is all about.

The Biozentrum Research Summer internship is designed for enthusiastic Bachelor students in Biology, Nanosciences, Chemistry, Physics, Computational Sciences and related fields. It is ideally suited for students at the end of their second year, providing a hands-on research experience at an early career stage.

You will be a member of one of the Research Groups at the Biozentrum, working on a cutting-edge research project under the direct guidance of an experienced scientist. Your research will be in fields ranging from structural, computational and cellular biology to developmental biology, microbiology and neurobiology. You will develop skills in scientific reasoning, documentation and presentation and become familiar with diverse questions in the life sciences and different laboratory methods.

Length and timing
The internship is a full-time immersion (5 days a week) for six to nine weeks. It will take place between mid-July to mid-September (calendar weeks 28 to 36). The starting date and duration of the internship can be freely adjusted upon mutual agreement between the host lab and the student, within the nine-week timeframe.

Scientific and social program
Get-togethers with Biozentrum group leaders and other scientists will complement your lab research. You will socialize with other participants and Biozentrum researchers and enjoy the communal spirit of the Biozentrum.

Who can apply
Bachelor students in Biology, Nanosciences, Chemistry, Physics, Computational Sciences and related fields.  No prior research experience is required.

Worth knowing

  • The working language is English.
  • The internship is concluded with a final written report on the research results.
  • Participants will receive a time-proportional stipend of CHF 1’450 per month. If needed, further support for housing can be applied for.
  • Participants will receive a participation certificate.

Applications can be submitted in January and February. Confirmations will be send out by end of March. Submit your application here and include:

  • The completed application form
  • A letter of motivation to the program committee (max. 1 page)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Transcripts of all attended university courses including grades

Application deadline: April 6, 2018.

Candidate selection and lab match
Students will be selected by the program committee, based on their grades, CV, and letter of motivation. The number of internships is limited. The result of the selection will be communicated to the applicants within 1-2 weeks after the application deadline. Students will be matched to host labs according to their interests (each student should select at least six potential labs they are interested.


Program Coordinator:
Nadine Iberl
Biozentrum, University of Basel
Phone: +41 61 207 20 66

Program Head:
Prof. Sebastian Hiller

Program Committee:
Prof. Christoph Handschin
Prof. Stephan Grzesiek
Prof. Urs Jenal
Prof. Martin Spiess
Prof. Alex Schier
Prof. Mihaela Zavolan