PhD Position in Artificial Organelles in Cells
Early Stage Researcher (ESR12)

BIOMOLMACS Innovative Training Network (Project 859416)
100% / offered starting date is 01/06/2020

You are invited to apply for a 36-month position of Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) at the Department of Chemistry, University of Basel, as part of the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) BIOMOLMACS. Details about this training programme and further information on the consortium are provided on webpage.

The successful applicant will work on Artificial organelles in cells (ESR12), a research area combining polymer chemistry, pharmaceutics and biomedical science. This ESR12 position is offered in conjunction with a PhD studentship at the University of Basel, subject to the applicant satisfying the admissions requirements of the university. The ESR candidate can be enrolled on a 4-year structured PhD, but she/he should be required to self-fund after the initial 36 months for the successful completion of the PhD program.

More information on the research interests of Prof. Wolfgang Meier can be found on his website:

Your position
The ESR12, who will be appointed on this project, will focus on the development of molecular factories for in-vivo drug production and release. An efficient and selective encapsulation of active nanoreactors is the basis for locally producing specific drugs. The selective encapsulation of nanoreactors in a larger compartment is based on newly synthesized, biodegradable, amphiphilic block copolymers. The kinetics of the reaction cascade in the nanoreactors has to be quantified in solution, in-situ and in-vivo. This requires combination of several sensitive methods like dynamic spectroscopy, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy etc.

Your profile
Candidates should have or expect to attain a Master degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Materials Science, Biomedical Science, Polymer Chemistry, Pharmaceutics or a related discipline. A research project should have been carried out in at least one of the above disciplines. A demonstrated knowledge of at least three of the following: pharmaceutical formulation development, drug delivery, cell culture/molecular biology, nanotechnology, polymerization techniques is required to carry out the project successfully.

Applicants can be of any nationality, but must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to starting their PhD position. Candidates must be at the time of recruitment in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the Master's degree.

Interested candidates must be proficient in written and spoken English and able to work in an interdisciplinary team.

We offer you

  • specially developed courses (e.g. on specific techniques, academic soft skills, etc.);
  • possibility to build a personal and professional network at a very early stage in your career due to the embedding of our PhD projects in an academic and industrial network;
  • two internships (also known as 'secondments') at two of our academic partners in the BIOMOLMACS network, in order to gain new insights into the research related to this project;
  • an attractive salary plus an allowances package in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) rules and the personal circumstances of the applicant. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the Country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). For further information please visit the EU MSCA website.

Application / Contact
Interested candidates should provide the following documents:
1. The Application Form (see the pdf file on the official job application links: and or the docx file on the webpage);
2. A Motivation Letter (describing your research career goals, skills, experience, and highlighting the consistency between the candidate's profile and the chosen ESR position);
3. A complete Curriculum Vitae with references to past research and training experiences;
4. Copies of Bachelor and Master's certificates/diploma & transcripts;
5. Two Reference Letters;
6. Publications (if available).
Applications should be submitted in English. Therefore, the applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see the University of Basel's English Language Requirements for details ( Additional information about the selection process can be found on the official EURAXESS job application links.
For any informal queries, please contact Prof. Wolfgang Meier by email at For queries relating to the application and admission process please contact Dr Remzi Becer at or by telephone at +44 2476 523236. Website: