University of Basel

Switzerland

The University of Basel has an international reputation of outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland and has a history of success going back over 550 years.

As a comprehensive university offering a wide range of high-quality educational opportunities, the University of Basel attracts students from Switzerland and the entire world, offering them outstanding studying conditions as they work towards their bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degrees. Today, the University of Basel has around 13,000 students from over a hundred nations, including 2,700 PhD students.

The University of Basel has seven faculties covering a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. At the same time, the university has positioned itself amidst the international competition in the form of five strategic focal areas: Life Sciences, Visual Studies, Nanosciences, Sustainability and Energy Research and European and Global Studies. In international rankings, the University of Basel is regularly placed among the 100 top universities in the world thanks to its research achievements.

The University of Basel has deep roots in the economically powerful and culturally rich Basel region. The university also works closely with domestic and international partners to make relevant contributions to the advancement of the sciences and society. This also means that the University of Basel pays particular attention to aspects of sustainability, equal opportunity and knowledge transfer.

 

Why work at The University of Basel?

The University of Basel offers attractive terms of employment and supports the advancement of its staff at all levels.

The University of Basel sees itself as an organization that acknowledges, appreciates and fosters the diverse potential of its members.

University of Basel staff will find internationally competitive terms of employment and an attractive environment where they can develop both professionally and personally.

What makes Basel so attractive as a university city is its ideal combination of excellent conditions for research and studying, flexible intercommunications, a high standard of living and a worldly, open-minded atmosphere. Basel is a city of manageable size, offering a rich assortment of cultural and sports activities, appealing housing options and exciting career perspectives.

 

Learning-conscious and innovative

Basel is one of the most successful economic regions in the world – a fact reflected in the research focuses of the University. Global companies in the pharmaceuticals and chemicals industries, nano and medical technology as well as in finance and logistics make a sizable contribution to the prosperity of the region while fostering a climate of innovation.

Academia and culture have always enjoyed a high level of respect in the city. With a tradition going back more than 550 years, the University is intimately integrated into the society and economy of the city, opening its doors to the general public at special events. This close bond between Basel as a city and a place of learning and education is reflected by the large number of foundations as well as private and institutional sponsors that fund research projects and university facilities.


Interconnected and easy to navigate

The University is spread out over several properties throughout the entire city. Most of the libraries and research institutions are quickly accessible by foot or bike. Certain departments  are clustered in easy-to-navigate campus areas.
Some of the social science departments  are located in the old town, in patrician houses that have been restored with great care and fondness. The Faculty of Law and Faculty of Business and Economics are located near the train station. The dynamic development of the Natural Sciences and Medicine faculties has given rise to new parts of the campus located near the University Hospital.


Traditionally-minded and modern

Culture is written with a capital C in Basel and is an unmistakable part of the city's image. In addition to the old town that remains intact, numerous specimens of exquisite modern architecture and art are encountered in the city's public spaces. Thanks to its extraordinary number of concert halls, theaters, museums and exhibition spaces as well as famous orchestras and festivals, Basel is a city of culture to be seen and heard.

A creative art scene has emerged, inspired by various art schools, the Art Basel international art show and a rich museum landscape. Numerous choirs, orchestras, music and theater groups – both part of and separate from the University – offer interested individuals more than just musical enjoyment, but rather the opportunity to engage oneself musically and artistically as well.


Cosmopolitan and inclusive

Basel enjoys a reputation as a cosmopolitan, worldly city. As the central place of business for major world-class corporations, the city attracts many highly qualified employees from abroad, offering them excellent work and research conditions and close contact with the University. Thanks to its location in the three-country region, tens of thousands of cross-border workers commute each day to their jobs in the city, lending the city its international flair.

The worldly character is underscored by the role of Basel as a venue for major domestic and international trade fairs and sporting events. Exhibitions, numerous festivals and, not to be forgotten, the Carnival of Basel attract numerous visitors from all over the world throughout the year. Basel offers foreign language-speaking families a choice of international schools and a specific range of information.


Diverse and affordable

Basel offers the right selection of relatively affordable housing for any taste. Many students prefer the lively atmosphere of Kleinbasel, while others prefer the more centrally-located districts. Those seeking a quieter location will find what they are looking for in the traditional residential districts, which boast manicured parks and green spaces. Several new building projects offer an ideal blend of urbanity with the convenience of newly constructed family-friendly apartments. Thanks to the excellent transit connections to the entire region and the proximity to the borders of other countries, studying and working in the city can be perfectly combined with the more relaxed pace of living in the surrounding areas.

The Rhine is a veritable local recreation area for the city. Numerous restaurants and cafés invite guests to relax and linger. Every day in the summer, thousands of people enjoy a refreshing swim in the river.


Sporty and family-friendly

The city and the University of Basel offer plenty of options to facilitate a healthy balance between career, family, work, leisure, academia, culture and sports.

 

Not only do all these factors make Basel a great place to live but also a wonderful place to work, so why don't you start your search for your new job at the University of Basel with Global Acedemy Jobs.


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04 Sep 2020
16 Nov 2020

The Graduate School of Social Sciences (G3S) at the University of Basel provides the institutional framework for all graduate programs within the Department of Social Sciences. The working languages of the school are English and German. We are advertising three start-up scholarships (30'000 CHF/12 m...

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Switzerland


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04 Sep 2020
16 Nov 2020

The Graduate School of Social Sciences (G3S) is the umbrella structure for doctoral training in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Basel. The languages ​​of instruction at the Graduate School are English and German. As of April 1, 2021, the G3S is offering a total of three start-...

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Switzerland


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Full time

04 Sep 2020
15 Nov 2020

The PhD program of the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel announces two one-year scholarships starting at the  01.04.2021  (à CHF 30'000; two tranches with evaluation).   Your tasks: The grant is intended to support a young graduate during the starting ph...

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Switzerland


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Full time

04 Sep 2020
15 Nov 2020

2 start-up scholarships from the doctoral program in Classical Studies at the University of Basel   The doctoral program in Classical Studies at the University of Basel offers two one-year starting grants of CHF 30,000 each (in two tranches with evaluation). The scholarships will start on...

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Switzerland


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Full time

04 Sep 2020
15 Nov 2020

The Basel Graduate School of History (BGSH) is offering two start-of-thesis scholarships for a period of one year (Start of scholarship: April 1, 2021).   Your tasks The scholarships must be used to support doctoral students during the start of their thesis phase. During the first s...

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Switzerland


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Full time

28 Sep 2020
28 Oct 2020

Experimental Quantum Computing with Semiconductors and in Quantum Computing and Quantum Condensed Matter Theory   The Department of Physics at the University of Basel, Switzerland invites applications for two tenure-track assistant professorships. The University of Basel is "Leading House"...

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Switzerland


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Full time

28 Sep 2020
28 Oct 2020

The Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (IOB) is seeking a highly motivated Molecular Biology Research Assistant to join the Translational Group. IOB is a research institute combining basic and clinical research. Its mission is to drive innovations in understanding vision an...

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Switzerland


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Full time

28 Sep 2020
28 Oct 2020

100% position for 4 years, earliest starting date: 1 January 2021   The Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) at the University of Basel invites highly motivated scientists to apply for the SNI PhD program in Nanoscience.   Your position This project explores ultrasound m...

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Switzerland


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Full time

29 Sep 2020
29 Oct 2020

The lab of Rava Azeredo da Silveira invites applications for Postdoctoral Researcher positions at the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (IOB) in Switzerland, an associated institute of the University of Basel. IOB is a research institute combining basic and clinical re...

Location:

Switzerland


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Full time

29 Sep 2020
29 Oct 2020

100% position for 4 years, earliest starting date: 1 January 2021 The Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) at the University of Basel invites highly motivated scientists to apply for the SNI PhD program in Nanoscience.   Your position In the Shahgaldian group (Laboratory of Molecu...

Key staff:

 

Rector: Andrea Schenker-Wicki

 

Awards:

Ranked 95th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2018

Ranked 149th in the QS World University Rankings for 2018

Key facts:

Founded 1460, it is Switzerland's oldest University.

12,873 students and doctoral students, of which 55.1 percent are women

1,634 first-year students in Fall semester 2017

3,057 international students

21.9 Percentage of doctoral students

374 Professors

6,192 Employees, of whom 4,583 are scientists

729.4 Million annual budget (CHF)