Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Microbiology
University of Basel Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Microbiology


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 research, services, and education and training at the local, national and international level. About 850 people from more than 80 nations work at Swiss TPH focusing on infectious and non-communicable diseases, environment, society and health as well as health systems and interventions.

Within a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - funded project, we are seeking to recruit an outstanding:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Microbiology

The project aims at developing microbiota-targeted interventions to treat the dysbiosis associated with undernutrition and environmental enteric dysfunction (EED), a chronic inflammatory disease in children from low- and middle-income countries. Specifically, the project aims at isolating and characterizing health deteriorating as well as potential next generation probiotics and to test them in model systems. The position is based in Switzerland in the Human and Animal Health Unit under the supervision of Dr. Pascale Vonaesch and is embedded in a larger project executed in close collaboration with the Maier Group, University of Tübingen.

Your position

  • Isolating health-deteriorating and health-promoting bacteria ("next generation probiotics") from human samples
  • Develop new tools to rapidly identify different members of the human microbiota
  • Perform in vitroand in vivoassays to assess for the biological functions of these bacteria
  • Write reports and publications
  • Disseminate your results at national and international conferences
  • Other laboratory-based and analysis tasks as needed within the project

Your profile

  • Excellent PhD in microbiology
  • Previous experience in clinical microbiology, especially with anaerobic bacteria, would be an asset
  • Experience in working with rodent-models is a plus
  • Excellent organizational skills and detail-oriented working style
  • Personal motivation and the ability to work independently as well as a member of a team
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Strong interest in the microbiome and microbiota-targeted interventions

We offer you

We offer a fully funded, competitive postdoctoral fellowship for two years and the opportunity to work in a young and dynamic team of microbiota experts. Your research will be at the forefront of research in microbiota-targeted interventions and be of direct use to children living in the most impoverished regions of this world. You will further be closely collaborating with partners at the Department of clinical microbiology, University of Basel, the Biozentrum, the University of Tübingen and the Afribiota consortium. You can expect to author and co-author several articles and present your results at national and international conferences.

At Swiss TPH you will be part of a vibrant community of fellow scientists and clinicians. We support our team members in their personal career development, networking and training. Swiss TPH is an equal opportunity and family-friendly employer.

Application / Contact

If you are interested, please submit your application as a single pdf file including the following:
  • CV
  • Motivational letter
  • Reference letters and diploma
  • Names and contact information (email or phone) of 3 references
  • Short description of previous research
There is no closing date for application, but we encourage applicants to submit their application as soon as possible. As long as the position is published on the website of Swiss TPH it is still open.

Please note that we can only accept applications via our online recruiting tool: Applications via e-mail or external recruiter will not be considered.

For additional information please contact Dr. Pascale Vonaesch, PI of the project, by e-mail (

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