Postdoctoral researcher in Computational Biology

100%, Basel, fixed-term

The Computational Biology Group at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering of ETH Zurich in Basel works at the interface of mathematics, statistics, and computer science with biology and medicine. We develop statistical and evolutionary models and efficient algorithms for high-throughput molecular profiling data, with applications in oncology and infectious diseases. Applications are encouraged for a position as a Postdoctoral researcher.

Project background

Our research group is in the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering of ETH Zurich, a major research university offering an excellent environment for innovative and collaborative research. The department is located in Basel, a European hot-spot for biomedical research, in close proximity of several academic research institutes and the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. We are also part of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, a major provider of bioinformatics services and resources.

Job description

The open position is in the field of computational oncology and analyzing single-cell sequencing to understand tumor evolution. The goal is to develop, implement, and test novel statistical and machine learning methods for single-cell cancer genomics data to uncover the phylogenetic relationship between sampled cells, integrate multi-omics and drug-screening data, and eventually support clinical diagnostics.

Your profile

You have a strong quantitative background in computational biology, statistics, machine learning, computer science, physics, mathematics, or a related field. Exposure to modeling biological systems and experience in developing software for their analysis are also advantageous. You are expected to engage in interdisciplinary research teams and to foster collaborations with computational biologists and clinicians.

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.

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application including:

  • a letter of motivation,
  • CV,
  • diplomas,
  • evidence of developed software,
  • contact details of at least 2 referees.

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

For further information please visit our website at Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr. Niko Beerenwinkel and Dr. Jack Kuipers;, (no applications by e-mail).

About ETH Zürich

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.