Technician Molecular Biology

Updated: about 1 month ago
Viral Vector Facility (VVF)
Technician Molecular Biology
80-100 %

The Viral Vector Facility (VVF), a central technology platform of the University of Zurich (UZH), is looking for a technician for its molecular biology laboratory. The VVF offers custom made and pre-made viral vectors as well as associated molecular biology services for scientists worldwide.
Your responsibilities
The selected candidate will be involved in the routine work of the molecular biology lab, ranging from cloning of new plasmids and amplification of plasmids to quality control of the produced viral vectors. The work includes in detail:
  • standard molecular biology methods for cloning of new plasmids (PCR, restriction enzyme digest, gel electrophoresis, DNA fragment purification, ligation)
  • working with bacteria (transformation, growing of bacterial cultures, production of competent bacteria)
  • plasmid purification (miniprep, maxiprep)
  • quality control of AAV and LV vectors (PCR, sequencing)
  • preparation of stock solutions (bacterial growth media, general solutions)
  • basic data analysis
  • recording of work progress in a database
  • maintenance of laboratory equipment
  • general lab work (autoclaving)

Your profile
Bachelor or master degree in biology or apprenticeship as laboratory technician biology with strong background in molecular biology, at least 2 years practical experience with basic molecular biology laboratory work (plasmid DNA purification, PCR, cloning, etc.), good knowledge of MS Office application (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and good communication skills in German and English.
We are looking for somebody who shows a dedicated and flexible attitude (including the willingness to extend working days if necessary), who is capable of organizing and executing his/her work independently as well as in agreement with coworkers and supervisors, and who reliably processes several tasks in parallel along the lines of SOPs, manuals, and specific information provided.
What we offer
We offer you an interesting and challenging position in a dynamic team in an open-minded environment with the opportunity to learn new skills and methods, as well as a good work-life balance. The contract will be initially for one year, with the intention of a permanent position thereafter.
Place of work
University of Zurich Irchel, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland
Start of employment
The starting date will be mutually agreed. The position is available from 1st of February.
Please send your CV, a motivation letter and at least one recommendation letter to The documents must be in English and grouped in a single PDF file.
Please note that only candidates with experience in molecular biology methods can be considered.
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