Open Positions

We currently have opportunities for: 1 open positions

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

    We are looking for a PostDoc to work on Development of Biochips for Drug Discovery.

  • PhD Students

    Post-Doctoral Fellow / Graduate Student Position - General Profile

    Post-doc Candidates should have a Ph. D. in chemistry or similar and need a strong background in some of the following areas: physical chemistry or polymer chemistry, spectroscopy, biochemistry.  Proficiency in English, and preferably knowledge in German are necessary.  The candidate is expected to work together with and help advise students.

    Ph. D. Candidates need to hold a masters (or equivalent) degree, preferably in chemistry or similar.  Some prior experience in (experimental) physical chemistry would be helpful.   Proficiency in English, and preferably knowledge in German are necessary.  Graduate students are expected to work together with postdoctoral fellows as well as graduate and undergraduate students.

    Both graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in our Department are required to assume teaching assistant responsibilities during the semester and should have great social and communication skills for integration into an international research team.

    The Department of Chemistry in Basel offers a highly stimulating environment with active and internationally recognized research groups.
    To apply, please email a curriculum vitae, publications as well as names and contact info of referees to Cornelia. A description of interests and skills would be helpful.

    Postdoctoral Position in Development of Biochips for Drug Discovery

    Job description

    The overall aim of this project is the development of a nano-switchable biochip for drug discovery based on combination of membrane protein complexes and synthetic membranes. A particularly important part of the project will intend to evaluate the interaction between membrane proteins and specific biomolecules involved in formation of a nano-signaling complex as a key element for the functionality of the biochip. In addition, structural characterization and functionality assays of the membrane protein complex inserted into lipid and polymer assemblies represent a prerequisite for development of such nano-switchable biochips.

    This is an interdisciplinary project with industry partners from which you will gain valuable experience in the domain of nanoscience, physical chemistry, biochemistry, and drug discovery biosensing approaches. Your role will be to insert and characterize membrane protein complexes inside lipid and polymeric membranes, and to control their interaction and functionality as core of the nano-signaling system intended to function as a biochip for drug discovery. More information on the topics of the group in which you will be working can be found at


    Your profile

    1. you will ideally have a PhD in chemistry, biochemistry or biochemical engineering
    2. experience in membrane proteins is a must
    3. basic knowledge of molecular biology techniques (e.g. PCR, DNA purification)
    4. basic knowledge of protein biochemistry techniques (e.g. gel electrophoresis, protein purification)
    5. experience in reconstitution of membrane proteins in synthetic membranes is desirable
    6. high records of publications in internationally refereed scientific journals
    7. Swiss citizenship or of one EU country
    8. proficiency in English; German is an advantage

    For further informations, please contact Prof. Dr. Cornelia Palivan. 


    Interested candidates will send, by 31.01.2018

    • letter of motivation
    • curriculum vitae
    • names and contact details for two referees

    Prof. Dr. Cornelia Palivan
    Department of Chemistry
    University of Basel
    Klingelbergstrasse 80
    CH-4056 Basel
    phone: +41 61 207 3839 ; fax: +41 61 207 3855