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Postdoctoral Researcher: Engineered 3D tissue models

80%-100%, Zurich, temporary

The Macromolecular Engineering Laboratory (Prof. Mark W. Tibbitt) within the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT) at ETH Zürich in Zürich, Switzerland engineers and applies advanced polymeric materials for a range of biomedical and industrial uses.

Job description

The recent focus of the group ( includes the development of: (i) engineered 3D cell culture platforms; (ii) tools to study mechanobiology and cell-matrix interactions; (iii) additive manufacturing and bioprinting materials and technologies for precision biomaterials; (iv) dynamic polymeric materials through self-assembly, dynamic covalent chemistry, or supramolecular chemistry; and (v) macromolecular design of controlled release technologies. The lab is composed of a highly interdisciplinary and international team of motivated researchers. To expand on the design of engineered extracellular matrix mimics for skin bioengineering and mechanobiology with direct impact on many of the current projects in the lab, the Tibbitt Lab is recruiting a full-time (100%) Postdoctoral Researcher.

The position is hosted in the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT) of the ETH Zürich, in the Zentrum Campus in Zürich, Switzerland. D-MAVT ( is an interdisciplinary department with focus areas in process/chemical, mechanical, and biomedical engineering as well as robotics and controls. Zürich is an international city with broad access to outdoor activities, arts and culture, other European cities, as well as a rich and excellent scientific community.

Your profile

We are looking for a highly motivated and collaborative postdoctoral researcher to work closely with Prof. Tibbitt and several members of the group. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in bioengineering, 3D mammalian cell culture, hydrogel design and characterization, imaging, and molecular biology techniques. Further desired skills include those related to skin biology, mechanobiology, translational medicine, and gene delivery/editing technologies. Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree in chemical, mechanical, or biomedical engineering, biology, physics, or a related field. The project is embedded within the SKINTEGRITY consortium that includes biologists, clinicians, and bioengineers working in Zürich and across Switzerland and Europe. The selected candidate will expand our recent efforts in the design of hydrogels as extracellular matrix mimics for skin bioengineering with fundamental and translational application. The position is funded for 2 years with the possibility of extension. The project is highly interdisciplinary and the applicant must have a collaborative spirit, be highly motivated, and dedicated to high quality research. Further, the selected candidate will help mentor current BSc, MSc, and PhD students of the group, thus, a supportive and teaching-centered approach in the lab is required.

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 application, as a single PDF, including:

  • a cover letter of motivation that describes your scientific interests and main scientific achievements to date (max. 2 pages),
  • CV,
  • diplomas and course transcripts, and
  • the contact details of three or more references.

Please submit your application online. Applications via email or post will not be considered. For questions about the position, please contact Prof. Tibbitt (mtibbitt AT ethz DOT ch) (no applications).

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