Laboratory Technician in Cellular and Molecular Biology

ETH Zürich

ETH Zürich


Key information

  • Publication date:

    23 May 2023
  • Workload:

    60 – 100%
  • Contract:

    Unlimited employment
  • Language:

  • Place of work:


Laboratory Technician in Cellular and Molecular Biology

The Molecular Medicine research laboratory of Prof. Dr. med Yohei Yamauchi recently relocated to the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (IPW) within the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences (D-CHAB) of ETH Zurich at the Hönggerberg campus. We are interested in how pathogenic respiratory viruses influenza A virus (and SARS-CoV-2) manipulate host cell functions, processes and pathways to promote virus cell entry and establish infection. One of our key goals is to use a mechanistic understanding of virus infection biology to develop new antiviral strategies. We are also interested in designing virus-inspired protein cages for cargo delivery into cells.

Project background

We are a collaborative and interdisciplinary group of scientists with a good team spirit. Techniques of primary importance are cell biology, virology, molecular biology, light and electron microscopy, protein purification and biochemistry. Important internal and external collaborations existing for proteomics and structural biology. 

Job description

You will be working together in an international and multidisciplinary team under the lab manager in a newly renovated laboratory. You are expected to support the group’s scientific efforts and contribute to the ongoing research on virus infection biology and capsidology. In addition, you will contribute to the implementation of core laboratory equipment, laboratory organisation and novel assay development. Furthermore, you will be an organized individual with a professional attitude and good social skills. 

Your tasks will include but may not be limited to the following:

  • Tissue culture (predominantly BSL2)
  • Virology, such as cell infection assays, plaque assays, virus propagation (cells and chicken eggs), reverse genetics 
  • Molecular biology, such as PCR, qPCR, Western blot, molecular cloning, protein purification, Gene editing (CRISPR/Cas) and RNA interference (RNAi)
  • Light microscopy (including super-resolution microscopy) and electron microscopy (assistance with imaging and sample preparation)
  • Assisting general lab duties (e.g. organisational tasks, common reagent preparation, lab management and maintenance of hygiene standards)
  • Basic data analysis and documentation of experimental procedures and results
  • Operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment and facilities, ordering of laboratory materials, management of lab inventory
  • Role as deputy safety officer and biosafety officer (BSL2)
  • Evaluation and implementation of new lab equipment
  • Actively participate in lab meetings. Contribute to team building. 
  • Report to team and lab head

Your profile

You are a team player and you have an awareness of responsibility and quality. You are also open to learning, proactive and flexible. 

  • A qualification in biology lab technician or similar subject area qualification (eg. B.Sc. degree or equivalent) and practical experience in industry or academia.
  • Expertise with standard molecular biology techniques (e.g. PCR, qPCR, Western blot, molecular cloning, gene editing and RNAi, protein purification)
  • Expertise with tissue culture
  • Expertise with BSL2 work
  • Expertise with reagent preparation
  • Good knowledge in the MS Office suite (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)
  • Good communication skills in English

We offer

  • A multidisciplinarity research environment
  • Excellent working conditions
  • A highly motivated team with a collaborative spirit
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Curious? So are we.

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

  • A letter of motivation
  • A full CV 
  • Work certificates   

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

Further information about the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science (IPW) can be found on our website
Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr. med. Yohei Yamauchi:  Write an email, or Dr Roger Meier: Write an email (no applications).

For recruitment services the GTC of ETH Zurich apply.

About ETH Zürich

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