Position open for Senior NMR Staff Scientist at Biozentrum Basel

Senior Staff Scientist / NMR Facility Manager at the Biozentrum Basel (100%)


We are looking to recruit a permanent senior staff scientist to operate the NMR facilities and contribute to world-class research in integrative structural biology. The position is available from 1 January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The NMR facilities at Biozentrum Basel comprise four modern high-field solution NMR spectrometers (900, 700, 600, 600 MHz) equipped with cryogenic and room-temperature probes, and setups for solid state- and high-pressure-NMR. NMR research at the Biozentrum is highly integrated with a cryo-EM facility, a biophysics core facility, a crystallization facility, scientific computing and a light microscopy facility. These technology platforms form a center of integrative structural biology, with numerous collaborations within and beyond the life science hub Basel and the local pharmaceutical industry.


Your responsibilities

  • Management and supervision of the daily operation of all NMR spectrometers, including technical maintenance and upgrades

  • Consultation, supervision and active scientific participation in research projects of the Hiller and other user labs

  • Development and implementation of new NMR experiments and advanced data sampling and processing schemes

  • Development and implementation of fully automated setups for advanced NMR spectroscopy, data acquisition and processing and analysis

  • Organization and participation in teaching activities

  • Communication and negotiations with hardware manufacturers


    The staff scientist will be a member of the research group of Prof. Sebastian Hiller and will have the long-term possibility to pursue own research projects, including the acquisition of external research funds. The successful candidate holds a PhD degree, has a strong practical and theoretical background in biomolecular solution NMR spectroscopy and a good technical understanding of NMR spectrometers. Ideally, the candidate has practical experience in operating an NMR facility, and in collaborative multidisciplinary research projects.


    We offer an exciting and stimulating work environment with scientific collaborations within the institute and worldwide. 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 comprises the areas of Cell Growth & Development, Infection Biology, Neurobiology, Structural Biology & Biophysics and Computational & Systems Biology. With more than 500 employees, the Biozentrum is the largest department at the University of Basel’s Faculty of Science. The position is well funded, according to Swiss standards. Basel is a beautiful city, combining Swissness with an international flair. Located along at the river Rhine where three countries meet - Switzerland, Germany, and France - it is Europe’s most important life sciences hub. Basel features a high standard of living, a rich and varied cultural atmosphere and a family-friendly environment.


    The application should include a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae and a list of publications. It should also include a mission statement of personal research, a vision how the NMR facility will be set up and operated, and the contact details of three reference persons. The deadline for receipt of applications is 18 November 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a personal interview and talk with the recruitment committee.


    Submit your application online at https://biped2.biozentrum.unibas.ch/apply/nmr-facility-manager


    For further information, please feel free to contact Prof. Sebastian Hiller (sebastian.hiller@unibas.ch).