Laboratory Technician in Molecular Biology with the Institute of Biochemistry

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: Permanent

40%-60%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Cell Size and Homeostasis lab studies the interplay of cell size and cell function in the context of physiological and pathological conditions, including cell senescence. Our lab is located at the Institute of Biochemistry on the ETH Zürich Hönggerberg campus.

We are currently seeking a motivated laboratory technician who will be responsible for maintaining essential lab infrastructure. In addition, there is the possibility to contribute to ongoing research projects by generating valuable resources such as yeast and human cell lines.

The 40-60% position is on a fixed-term contract with the possibility of renewal depending on mutual interest. The anticipated starting date is January 1 or upon agreement.

Project background

From bacteria to eukaryotes all cells of a specific type have a characteristic size. Size homeostasis is therefore a universal feature of cells. Deviations from normal cell size coincide with altered cell function during pathological processes, such as cell senescence or cell transformation, suggesting that having a defined size is critical for optimal function. This optimal size can however vary: Unicellular organisms adjust their size to environmental conditions and within the same multicellular organism different cell types can have vastly different sizes. Cell size is therefore tightly regulated but can vary substantially. Our lab is interested in understanding why it is important for cells to have a specific size and how changes in cell size contribute to altered function during cell senescence and differentiation. For this purpose, we use a combination of genetics, live cell microscopy and quantitative transcriptomics and proteomics approaches in budding yeast and mammalian systems.

Job description

You will contribute to an efficient and stable work environment by taking responsibility for several central processes in the lab such as:

  • Ordering
  • Organization and maintenance of lab equipment and infrastructure
  • Maintenance of stocks and common reagents
  • Molecular biology (Cloning, PCR)
  • Genetic manipulation of budding yeast and cell lines

Your profile

You have strong organizational skills and are able to work accurately and independently. You are proactive, have strong communication skills and are a team player and motivated to become part of our group.

Good communication skills in English (oral) as well as Molecular biology research experience are mandatory. Experience in working with budding yeast or tissue culture is a plus.

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We offer

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. We offer the possibility to work in an international team of young scientist in this vibrant research environment, an ideal place for you to further develop your organizational and molecular biology skills.

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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Work references / certificates and contact details of two referees, 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is found. For questions regarding the position please contact Gabriel Neurohr .

For recruitment services the GTC of ETH Zurich apply.

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