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Assistant Professor position available at the ETH, Zurich (CH)

A new faculty position at the Assistant Professor level is available in the Department of Biology, Institute of Biochemistry, at ETH. Application deadline: 31.10.2021.

The Department of Biology of ETH Zurich invites applications for the above-​mentioned position at the Institute of Biochemistry located at the ETH Zurich Hoenggerberg campus. 

Applicants should have an excellent track record at the interfaces of biophysics and material science with cellular and molecular biology or related fields. The new Assistant Professor is expected to develop an interdisciplinary research program addressing topics in mesoscopic biophysics such as the assembly, organization, function and regulation of membrane-​less organelles, probing and characterizing the material properties of super-​molecular assemblies and bio-​condensates in vivo and in vitro, as well as the role of low affinity molecular interactions in determining the emerging material properties of soft biomaterials and/or characterizing the super-​molecular organization of biological materials from a structural perspective. Applicants using interdisciplinary approaches are specifically encouraged to apply. The selected candidate will be integrated in the ETH+ consortium “Bringing Materials to Life”, promoting interdisciplinary interactions between Biology, Material Science and Chemistry. The physical proximity of the Institute of Biochemistry to other institutes and departments located at the ETH Zurich Hoenggerberg campus will further facilitate such interactions. The candidate will be involved in teaching in her/his area of expertise at the undergraduate (German or English) and graduate (English) levels.

Assistant professorships have been established to promote the careers of younger scientists. The initial appointment is for four years with the possibility of renewal for a three-​​year period.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of future research and teaching interests, the names of at least three references, and a description of the three most important achievements*. The letter of application should be addressed to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Joël Mesot. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2021. ETH Zurich is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer, values diversity, strives to increase the number of women professors, and is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

*ETH Zurich emphasizes qualitative assessment of academic accomplishments. This is why you are kindly asked to submit a short description of your three most important achievements (maximum a half page each). Besides research findings, these could also be extraordinary achievements in teaching and its further development, services in the benefit of the academic community or society, software development, patents, knowledge transfer and its practical application, spin-​​​off companies or similar.

Apply here!


PhD students positions available for candidates interested in dissecting the molecular, chemical and physical properties that characterize bio-molecular interactions, IMPRS, Dortmund, Bochum or Essen (DE)

The International Max Planck Research School for Living Matter (IMPRS-LM), formerly known as IMPRS in Chemical and Molecular Biology (IMPRS-CMB), is looking for talented and motivated PhD candidates of all nationalities with a background in MOLECULAR and CELL BIOLOGY, BIOCHEMISTRY, BIOPHYSICS, APPLIED and THEORETICAL PHYSICS, CHEMICAL BIOLOGY, STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY, SYSTEMS BIOLOGY and related fields.

Further information : https://www.imprs-lm.mpg.de/


20 Fully funded PhD studentships in Quantitative Biology

20 Fully funded PhD studentships in Quantitative Biology 

The advent of large-throughput data is transforming life sciences into an increasingly quantitative discipline. The University of Lausanne (Switzerland) is at the forefront of this revolution, with quantitative research ramping up throughout the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, a dedicated department of Computational Biology, and interdisciplinary units such as the Center for Integrative Genomics. UNIL also hosts the headquarters of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, to which many quantitative research groups are affiliated, and closely collaborates with EPFL on the same campus. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne’s city center, UNIL brings together over 120 nationalities.

UNIL’s Faculty of Biology and Medicine has recently launched a doctoral program entitled “Quantitative Biology”. A wide range of research groups are recruiting PhD students, covering areas as diverse as Genetics, Cell biology, Metabolism, Computational biology, Oncology, Evolution, Microbiology, Imaging, Molecular biology, Neuroscience, Gene regulation, Radiobiology, Plant science, Ancient DNA, Population Genetics, Single-cell Genomics, Epi-lipidomics, Stem Cell Biology, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials.

In 2021, hiring principal investigators include Francesca Amati, Claudia Bagni, Sven Bergmann, Christophe Dessimoz, Oscar Esteban, David Gfeller, Raphael Gottardo, Jerome Goudet, Emmanuella Guenova, Shukry James Habib, Laurent Keller, Zoltan Kutalik, Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas, Sophie Martin, Micah Murray, Alexandre Reymond, Tanja Schwander, Alessandro Villa, Claus Wedekind, Christian Widmann.

Job information

Expected start date: 01.03.2022 or to be agreed

Successful candidates will be offered one of two kinds of PhD student work contract, depending on the funding available to the hiring supervisor by the start of the contract:

(1)    Doctoral assistant on UNIL funds, at an activity rate of 85%. The initial contract is of one year but will be renewed up to 5 years.
(2)    Doctoral assistant on external funds, at an activity rate of 100%. The initial contract is of one year but will be renewed up to 4 years.

Please also note that in some cases, again depending on the hiring supervisor situation, contracts will be issued from the CHUV (University Hospital) or a different UNIL faculty.

Workplace: University of Lausanne (Dorigny, Bugnon, or Epalinges—depending on the supervisor)

Your qualifications
We are accepting applications from talented and enthusiastic candidates who are interested in a dynamic, well-supported lab at a top research institution. Candidates need to finish a Master’s degree in a relevant area before the start date of their doctoral studies.

We are looking for three main types of PhD students:
 * Students with a life science degree, interested in working in an experimental lab, but with a high degree of motivation to learn the fundamentals of computational biology, and to develop quantitative skills to analyse data more effectively
 * Students with a life science degree interested in working in a dry computational lab, keen to deepen their quantitative skills and broaden their horizon in terms of experimental and computational techniques
 * Students with a non-biological background (e.g. computer science, maths, physics), who are highly motivated to transition to Life Sciences

A high level of written and spoken English proficiency is required since most scientific activities are conducted in English.

What the position offers you

You will develop your research project while working in a world competitive, interdisciplinary and highly collaborative environment. 

The PhD program in Quantitative Biology provides opportunities for professional training and acquisition of highly transferable skills. This is complemented by a wide range of activities (retreats, symposia, student life).

The positions are fully funded. Salary and benefits are internationally highly competitive. Additional funding for consumables, computing, and to attend international conferences is available.

Your application 

For your application to be considered, you need to fill in two forms:

The first form, at 
https://career5.successfactors.eu/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=18082&company=universitdP, requires the following informations:
  * Personal details
  * A cover letter. This can be very brief, since you should provide your motivation in the 2nd form below.
  * A single PDF document containing:
     * Your curriculum vitae (with extracurricular activities, internships, publications, conferences, awards, software contributions, etc.)
     * Master’s thesis summary
     * The names and contact details of 2-3 referees.

The second form, https://forms.gle/hBX5rZVBqjyeni7t9, requires you to answer the following questions

  * What your most meaningful research experience to date and why? [up to 4000 characters, i.e. approximately 850 words]
  * What accomplishment–academic or not–to date are you proudest and why? [up to 1500 characters, i.e. approximately 320 words]
  * Why would you like to pursue a PhD, and why specifically at the UNIL Quantitative Biology Ph.D. program? [up to 1500 characters, i.e. approximately 320 words]
  * Which recruiting labs are you the most interested in and why [up to 1500 characters, i.e. approximately 320 words]

Remote interviews will take place on 17 and 18 November 2020. Lab visits and interviews will take place on 8-9 December 2020 in Lausanne (pandemic allowing–else remote alternative will be organized).

Informal inquiries

Prof. Christophe Dessimoz, Director of the UNIL Doctoral Program in Quantitative Biology (christophe.dessimoz@unil.ch)

For more information, please consult https://unil.ch/quantitative-biology


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in “Spatially Resolved Multidimensional Transcriptomics”, UNIBE (CH) – Deadline 30.09.2021

The NCCR RNA & Disease and the Institute of Pathology at the University of Bern have created a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in “Spatially Resolved Multidimensional Transcriptomics”, which interested candidates can now apply for: https://ohws.prospective.ch/public/v1/jobads/04549230-f8fa-4655-abbd-0b800eeca677 

Application deadline is September 30, 2021.


Chronobiology Lectureship position at the University of Surrey, Guildford (UK) – Deadline 29.09.2021


The University of Surrey is an international university with a world-class teaching and research profile, and an enterprising spirit. Inventive and forward thinking, our heritage shows a recurring theme of doing things differently – and achieving notable results. For example, we have won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes and were awarded Gold for our Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) submission. As a result of our strategic plan and future vision, the School of Biosciences and Medicine in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is continuing to invest in Chronobiology research and teaching, and is now recruiting a highly motivated person to a Lectureship in Chronobiology to continue to add to the successes of Chronobiology research at the University.

Information regarding the position and application: https://jobs.surrey.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=053121


Associate Professor position open in Biochemistry at the University of Oslo (NO)

A permanent position is available at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Department of Molecular Medicine, Division of Biochemistry, for an Associate Professor of Medicine in the subject area of Biochemistry and molecular cell biology.
Link to the offer: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/209381/associate-professor-of-medicine-biochemistry

“We are looking for candidates who will be expected to initiate and lead research, supervise PhD candidates, teach in the Medical School, set and assess exams, and carry out administrative duties. Teaching consists of formal lectures, group teaching and practical courses. Candidates must therefore document in their application, and demonstrate during the evaluation, that they are qualified and motivated to teach. The appointed candidate will also be expected to take part in committees for PhD theses, appointments and promotions.

The Department of Molecular Medicine consists of 28 research groups across three divisions (Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology) and brings together wide expertise aiming to understand biological and pathological processes, from cellular to systems levels. The position is in the Division of Biochemistry, which counts 8 research groups working on membrane trafficking, autophagy, cardiovascular biology, adipose biology, metabolism and chromatin. More information on research in the Department and Division of Biochemistry can be found here:


For further description of the position: link