Physicists or electrical engineers for Synthetic Biology-Inspired Bioelectronics

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

The D-BSSE is the first truly interdisciplinary research department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 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.

Project background

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

Job description

The projects will combine cell engineering, software design and electrical engineering to shape bioelectronic interfaces that enable closed-loop electronic programming of cellular behavior and electronic recording of cellular metabolic activities. Successful candidates may also choose to design novel bioelectronic implants and design specific control software.

Your profile

  • You should have a background in physics, electrical engineering or software design and are exceptionally motivated to team up with the group’s molecular biologists.
  • We expect a strong publication record as well as the ambition to pursue an academic, industrial R&D career or to initiate start-up activities.

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 including:

  • CV,
  • full study record,
  • publication list,
  • motivation letter,
  • two letters of recommendation (if available),
  • a short research plan.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For additional questions please contact Prof. Dr. Martin Fussenegger by mail martin.fussenegger@bsse.ethz.ch (no applications).