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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26 Sep 2019
15 Dec 2019

The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is one of the leading life sciences institutes in the world. It consists of 32 groups and 500 employees that research how molecules and cells create life, spanning the scale from atom to organism. Founded in 1971, the Biozentrum has been the birthplace of ma...

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06 Nov 2019
13 Dec 2019

PhD Student in Agroecology and Plant-Microbe Interactions Level of Employment: 100% Entry: in spring 2020   The Physiological Plant Ecology group (Prof. Dr. Ansgar Kahmen) of the Department of Environmental Sciences has an open position within a project funded by the Swiss Nation...

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Switzerland


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Full time

07 Nov 2019
07 Dec 2019

Post-doctoral position at the Department of Clinical Research, University of Basel 60%-80% starting in Winter 2020   The open position is within the "DIALOGUE Study: Using digital health to improve care for families with predisposition to hereditary cancer." The study received fu...

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Switzerland


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Full time

07 Nov 2019
22 Dec 2019

PhD Positions in Energy Economics: Global Nuclear Decommissioning Policies   The University of Basel research team in energy economics invites applications for two PhD positions with a specialization on nuclear decommissioning policy.  The positions will be part of an SNSF research project...

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Switzerland


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Full time

07 Nov 2019
07 Dec 2019

Max Geldner Assistant Professor in Quantitative Economic History / Cliometrics (Non-Tenure Track)   Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland and one of the oldest universities in Europe. The Faculty of Business and Economics invites applications for ...

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Switzerland


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Full time

07 Nov 2019
07 Dec 2019

A research associate position is available in the laboratory of Professor Momo Bentires-Alj at the Department of Biomedicine (DBM) in Basel, Switzerland. The successful candidate will work on breast cancer and metastasis using mouse models. Selected publications of our lab include: 1- Cessation of C...

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07 Nov 2019
07 Dec 2019

Project Leader   Swiss TPH – Excellence in Global Health The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is a world-leading institute in global health with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries. Associated with the University of Basel, Swiss TPH combines re...

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Switzerland


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Full time

11 Nov 2019
11 Dec 2019

PhD Position: Chiral Recognition in Molecular Nanowires from Square- Planar Platinum(II) Complexes (P1908) 100% positions for 4 years, earliest starting date: 1. January 2020 The Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) at the University of Basel invites highly motivated scientists to apply for t...

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Switzerland


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Full time

11 Nov 2019
11 Dec 2019

PhD Position: Machine learning assisted design of heteromeric self-assembled molecular capsules (P1906) 100% positions for 4 years, earliest starting date: 1. January 2020 The Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) at the University of Basel invites highly motivated scientists to apply for the ...

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Switzerland


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Full time

11 Nov 2019
11 Dec 2019

100% positions for 4 years, earliest starting date: 1. January 2020 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 Recent years have seen rapid progress in nan...

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)