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PostDoc as Optical Microscopist/Microscopy Engineer (m/f)

100%, Basel, temporary

The National Center of Competence in Research Molecular Systems Engineering ( is organized by the University of Basel and the ETH Zurich, Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE), located in Basel. We characterize, manipulate and direct molecular and cellular systems for biotechnological and medical applications.

Project background

Some of our molecular and cellular systems need to be characterized using super resolution optical microscopy, in particular the newest super resolution system MinFlux developed by the group of Stefan Hell. For this, we are looking for a highly talented and motivated PostDoc as Optical Microscopist/ Microscopy Engineer.

Job description

Responsibilities will be to apply the newest MinFlux system to characterize molecular and cellular systems. This includes the establishment of sample preparation procedures and the acquisition and analysis of microscopy data. The PostDoc will develop and implement customized configurations and the setup of the experimental workflows of MinFlux experiments together with research teams of the ETH Zürich and the University of Basel. The successful candidate will share responsibilities with our other microscopy experts and work closely together with our experts for image analysis and data management.

This position is initially available for 1 year at the ETH Zürich with location in Basel, with the option of being extended. The position will be embedded in the NCCR-MSE and the Single Cell Facility of the D-BSSE. MinFlux imaging will be conducted at Max-Planck-Institutes in Göttingen and Heidelberg (Germany). Significant travel between the locations will be required.

Your profile

Requirements are a PhD degree from a technical college or a university with a proven experience in various advanced light microscopy and digital imaging technologies. The candidate should have extensive technical experience with state-of-the-art light microscopy platforms such as confocal, live-cell imaging and/or super resolution microscopy. Strong knowledge of advanced quantitative imaging technologies as well as their underlying optical principles is required. Scripting experience is a plus. The candidate should have hands-on skills in microscopy component integration.

This position demands very good verbal and written communication skills in English to interact with scientists and students, and the skill to adapt to the service character of the facility to successfully support scientific research and operations at the D-BSSE. The candidate must be an excellent team player and possess the ability to work in a variety of scientific areas.

ETH Zurich

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.
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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: cover letter, detailed CV, list of references, copy of PhD certificate. 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 about the position, please contact Dr. Thomas Horn, by email: (no applications).

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