PhD Positions for Synthetic Biology-Inspired Therapies

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100%, Basel, fixed-term

The Biotechnology and Bioengineering group directed by Prof. Martin Fussenegger at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE) of the ETH Zurich in Basel is recruiting PhD candidates for research projects in the field of Synthetic Biology-inspired therapies.

The D-BSSE is the first truly interdisciplinary research department of ETH Zurich where theory, experimental biology and engineering groups team up to foster advances in Systems Biology, Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology. With its headquarters and laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, the D-BSSE is situated in the heart of the Biovalley, a tri-national region hosting 40% of the global life science industry including several pharma giants, providing a unique environment for high-leverage translational research.

Job description

Our group uses state-of-the-art Synthetic Biology principles to develop cell-based therapies for cancer, neurodegenerative disorders as well as metabolic and autoimmune diseases. Please consult our webpage and published work for further information.

The projects will focus on the design of novel traceless engineering strategies to program the behavior of mammalian cells and on the engineering of human cells to sense and react to medical conditions. Non-limiting priorities will be the programming of the cardiovascular, auditive and autonomic nervous systems.

Your profile

The successful candidate is exceptionally motivated to work at the interface of genetic engineering and cell biology in a multidisciplinary team including cell biologists, molecular biologists, chemists, material scientists and electrical engineers. S/he is highly skilled in standard molecular and cell biology techniques, a collaborative team player and determined to prepare for a top-level international academic or industrial career. We also expect a rapid and outstanding study record.

ETH Zurich

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. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

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