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Research technician position: Development of viral vectors for gene and cell therapy

100%, Basel, fixed-term

The Laboratory for Biological Engineering (Prof. Randall J Platt) at ETH Zurich in Basel develops genome engineering technologies and applies them to a range of fundamental and disease-focused areas ( and to advance these efforts we are seeking a full-time research technician with expertise in molecular and cellular biology, mouse models, viral vectors, and deep sequencing library preparation.

Job description

We are looking for a research technician to join our multidisciplinary team of scientists and work on a project focused on the development of viral vectors for gene and cell therapy. The candidate will be passionate about science, technology and communication.

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  • The ideal candidate should have a PhD or equivalent in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Molecular Biotechnology, Molecular Medicine, or a related field.
  • The candidate must have extensive experience working with animals (FELASA, category B or LTK module 1) including husbandry, tail vain injection, perfusion, tissue isolation and processing, a range of molecular and cellular methods, including standard molecular biology techniques (plasmid preparation, molecular cloning, qRT-PCR/ddPCR) and mammalian cell culture.
  • Prior experience with intravitreal injection, extraction of DNA or RNA from mouse tissue, histology, immunofluorescence and FACS is a major plus.
  • Prior experience with virus production and preparation of deep sequencing libraries for functional genomics experiments is a plus.
  • Other required qualifications are ability to communicate effectively in a highly interdisciplinary and international environment, which includes a mastery of oral and written English.

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 that mentions your scientific interests and why you are interested in the group
  • CV
  • Diplomas and course transcripts
  • Contact details of three referees

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 can be found on our website and for questions about the position, please contact Prof. Platt (rplatt AT ethz DOT ch) (no applications).

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