Program Manager - Cellular and Molecular Biology

80%-100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Molecular Health Sciences platform integrates eleven research groups with their labs that aim to understand tissue and organ functions and their responses to stress, disease and therapy. The Aceto lab and the Corn lab are among these highly renowned groups.

The Aceto Lab is interested in understanding the fundamental molecular mechanisms that drive cancer and its metastatic progression, with a particular focus on the analysis of circulating tumor cells.

The Corn Lab develops and uses next-generation genome editing and regulation technologies. It works on both fundamental biological discovery and potential therapies for human genetic diseases.

Project background

Modern precision medicine approaches focus on the deep interrogation of cellular and molecular states. Combinations of molecular biology, next-generation sequencing, microfluidics, and computational biology can yield deep insight into disease mechanisms and also potential treatment modalities. The Corn Lab (Genome Biology) and the Aceto Lab (Molecular Oncology) work at the forefront of molecular health and perform multidisciplinary research in collaboration with clinical groups.

In order to strengthen the two teams we are creating a new position and are seeking a Program Manager, equally divided between both labs. You will facilitate complex scientific research programs and manage multi-party international collaborations. You will be especially knowledgeable and passionate about modern precision medicine technologies, including genomics, genome editing, cell engineering, next-generation sequencing, as well as in vivo models of disease.

Job description

You show a collaborative mindset, work independently and with precision in a fast-paced environment. This position offers the opportunity to

  • Run multiple aspects of large scientific projects at a high level
  • Work closely with the Professors including preparation of scientific reports, drafting/correcting scientific manuscripts
  • Track research output (papers, patents, seminars, outreach activities)
  • Coordinate and attend scientific meetings (in person and virtual)
  • Work internationally with program managers at other sites
  • Oversee and lead resource allocation (personnel and supplies)
  • Steer the budgeting process
  • Support the communication with funders

This position will report directly to the Heads of the Labs and will work closely with other managers and administrative assistants. They will also synergize with large and heterogeneous teams both inside ETH and across the world.

The Program Manager position is initially for 12 months. It will be extendable based on research progress, evaluation of performance and project fundings.

Your profile

  • Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology or a similar field
  • Strong track record of work in collaborative teams
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Working experience in an academic environment and/or a biotech firm would be an asset

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 with the following documents:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Certification with transcripts
  • References

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 Corn and Aceto labs can be found on our websites ( and In case of any contract related questions please do not hesitate to contact Mr Roland Munz, HR Partner, (

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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.