Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular and Systems Biology and Toxicology

ETH Zurich


Postdoctoral Researcher – Molecular and Systems Biology & Toxicology

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The ETH Laboratory of Toxicology, led by Professor Shana Sturla, is part of the ETH Department of Health Science & Technology. We are a multidisciplinary team working at the chemistry-biology interface exploring relationships between chemical structures and cellular responses relevant to food and chemical safety and drug development. More information about the research group can be found here.

Job description

A postdoctoral opportunity is available with a focus on molecular & systems biology and toxicology. The research will involve evaluating the impacts of chemicals on molecular and cellular responses in human cells. You will develop new approach methodologies for in vitro toxicology by computational integration of various sources of high-content data (i.e. DNA sequencing, multi-omics, imaging). The work is expected to combine laboratory experiments with a high level of integrative data analysis. There are opportunities to collaborate in diverse aspects of research relating to DNA damage and mutagenesis, microbial metabolism of chemicals, and precision medicine.

Your profile

  • You have, or expect to obtain, an MSc or equivalent in toxicology, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, food science, microbiology, or a closely related discipline
  • You have good written and oral communication skills in English 
  • You have an independent mindset, leadership qualities and enjoy working in an interdisciplinary team
  • You have a strong foundation of practical experience involving (bio)chemistry, molecular or cell biology
  • Students who excel in quantitative aspects of toxicology/chemistry/biology, microbial metabolism or related topics are particularly encouraged to apply

Your workplace

We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits

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Curious? So are we.

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

  • a cover letter that describes research experience, and scientific and professional/career goals, and indicates an ideal starting date for the applicant
  • academic transcripts/list of courses completed or ongoing, including grades/notes
  • the CV including contact information for 3 referees.  Do not include letters of recommendation with the application—these may be requested later.

Further information about the Laboratory of Toxicology can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Georg Aichinger:

About ETH Zürich

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