ETH Zurich Seeks Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Engineering Biomolecular Systems for Diagnostics


The Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-​BSSE) at ETH Zurich invites applications for the above-​mentioned position. D-​BSSE is located in Basel, providing excellent opportunities for collaboration within this strong life science research community at the academic, clinical and pharmaceutical industry levels. The main research focus of the Department is the understanding, modeling, and engineering of systems for biomedical applications. The professorship will also be embedded within the newly established Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH), which aims to provide innovative and translational solutions for child and adolescent health. Collaborations within the medical research communities in Basel and Zurich are highly encouraged.

This future Assistant Professor will bring unique multi-​disciplinary expertise in applying biomolecular engineering for the development of novel diagnostic tools. She or he may use integrative and multi-​disciplinary approaches involving bioengineering, biotechnology and/or synthetic biology to develop novel diagnostics that are capable of large-​scale and complex analysis of a multitude of biological and physiological parameters. While rooted in biomolecular engineering, the candidate is also expected to engage with the computational and systems biology groups in the department to advance diagnostic and/or therapeutic technologies. Key areas with direct implications include state-​of-the-art molecular biology and biomolecular engineering techniques (e.g. sequencing technologies and engineered proteins), synthetic biology tools (e.g. RNA aptamers, DNA nanotechnology, CRISPR), in vitro-​based systems (lab-​on-a-chip) coupled to quantitative biomolecular measurements, novel microscale or nanoscale technologies for biomolecular analysis (e.g. paper-​based microfluidics, droplet systems), and digital-​assisted tools and platforms for measuring biomolecular or physiological parameters (e.g. smartphone-​based diagnostics). The candidate is expected to have a proven track record of publications in bioengineering, biotechnology and/or synthetic biology. She or he should demonstrate a strong interest in clinical applications and a clear ambition to pursue research that is directly relevant to childhood health and medicine. At the assistant professor level, commitment to teaching and the ability to lead a research group are expected.

Assistant professorships have been established to promote the careers of younger scientists. ETH Zurich implements a tenure track system equivalent to that of other top international universities.

ETH Zurich is an equal opportunity and family-​friendly employer, values diversity, and is responsive to the needs of dual-​career couples.

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Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of future research and teaching interests, a description of the leadership philosophy, a description of the three most important achievements*, and a certificate of the highest degree. The letter of application should be addressed to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Joël Mesot. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2023.

*ETH Zurich emphasizes qualitative assessment of academic accomplishments. This is why you are kindly asked to submit a short description of your three most important achievements (maximum a half page each). Besides research findings, these could also be extraordinary achievements in teaching and its further development, services in the benefit of the academic community or society, software development, patents, knowledge transfer and its practical application, spin-​​​​​​​off companies or similar.