DBMR Technician of the Year Award

Technicians do not always get the recognition they deserve. The DBMR wants to help you recognise their work by nominating one of your fellow technicians for an award. The DBMR Technician of the Year Award enables the DBMR community to recognise and celebrate the skills and experience of the technical staff and their contribution to the biomedical research. The 1’000 CHF award (before taxes) recognises technicians who are applying professional technical knowledge and expertise, making a positive impact and inspiring others, demonstrating leadership and collaboration, and delivering innovation and efficiency.

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DBMR Technician of 2024

The call for nominations for the DBMR Technician of the Year Award is open until Monday, March 4 2024.

We are looking for nominations for a member of technical staff that during the past year (2023):

  • has made a significant contribution to a research project(s), or/and
  • has made a significant contribution to the training and learning experience of a new student, or/and
  • has provided exceptional skills/expertise – for example a member of one of the Core Facilities, or/and
  • has made a significant contribution to day to day infrastructure to support research and/or teaching – for example, technical staff who look after building facilities or technicians that provide key day to day services, or/and
  • that has made a significant contribution to community/outreach activities.

Nomination process:

  • Nominations can be made by any member of the DBMR community including students, technicians, postdocs, group leaders, and professors.
  • Nominators can submit only one nomination/year.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • Nominations are to be submitted through the nomination form.
  • Deadline: Monday, 4 March 2024.

Incomplete or non-compliant applications, or those received after the deadline will not be considered.


  • Technicians are deemed eligible if they are a member of a DBMR research group or Core Facility.
  • Their engagement can be part- or full-time, on a fixed term or a permanent basis.
  • Past awardees are not eligible to be re-nominated.

Evaluation Process:

Nominations will be first screen for completion. Compliant nominations will be evaluated by the awards committee.

Selection Process

The awards committee will review all complete nominations based on the following criteria:

  • Success – the nominee demonstrated in the past year technical expertise and remarkable effort to ensure targets were met/exceeded and/or particular milestones were achieved.
  • Innovation - the nominees’ inventive thinking and/or novel application of technical skills has resulted in the past year in a successful resolution to a problem, improved efficiency or has resulted in the development of new scientific/technological concepts.
  • Leadership/ Collaboration – the strong technical leadership or collaboration of the nominee has ensured a successful outcome.
  • Student Experience – the nominee has gone “the extra mile” to support teaching and learning activities for students.

The jury decision is final and cannot be appealed.

Award Announcement

The winner will be announced at the Day of BioMedical Research (July 3 2024).

Please email us if have any questions about the awards or your submission.