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Biozentrum Research Summer

The Biozentrum offers undergraduate students from across Europe a unique opportunity to immerse in real-life science projects. During the “Biozentrum Research Summer” you will spend seven to nine weeks in a research group to perform original research and participate in an inspiring scientific and social program. The internship is open to undergraduate students in Biology, Nanosciences, Chemistry, Physics, Computational Sciences and related sciences.

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 – an internship program for undergraduate students currently enrolled in a Bachelor's degree. 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 sciences. 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 or of a team of an Ambizione Fellow or an Independent Researcher 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 program is a full-time immersion (5 days a week) for a duration of seven to nine weeks between mid-July to mid-September. The starting date and precise duration of the internship can be adjusted upon mutual agreement between the host lab and the student, within the nine-week timeframe (weeks 28 to 36).

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. Program 2024

Who can apply
Bachelor students in Biology, Nanosciences, Chemistry, Physics, Computational Sciences and related sciences. No prior research experience is required. The program is open to students with a Swiss or EU citizenship as well as holders of a Swiss C-permit.

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 1'510.- per month. If needed, further support for housing can be applied for.
  • Participants will receive a participation certificate.

Applications for the Biozentrum Research Summer 2024 can be submitted from January 2, to March 1, 2024 here. Your application must 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

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 by the end of March. Students will be matched to host labs according to their interests (each student should select at least six potential labs in which they are interested in). 


Program Head:
Prof. Flavio Donato

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


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