[Equal] 3 Positions: Professor of Energy Homeostasis / Movement Biomechanics / Neural Control of Movement

Keller Seitz Monika (Prs) monika.keller at sl.ethz.ch
Mon May 2 12:46:36 CEST 2011

Professor of Energy Homeostasis / Movement Biomechanics / Neural Control of Movement
The preservation of health and quality of life is a challenge for society and especially for the health care system, given the demographic development, a progressively aging population and an increasing proportion of obese individuals. Preventing age- and weight-related diseases, developing effective therapies and technological help, and training of competent students requires a systematic and multidisciplinary approach. ETH Zurich therefore decided to form a new department of "Health Sciences and Technology" (D-HEST; www.hest.ethz.ch<http://www.hest.ethz.ch>), which brings together scientists and engineers in food, nutrition, exercise, neuroscience, and medical technology. D-HEST, which will be established 1 January 2012, invites applications for three new professorships in:

1.            Energy Homeostasis

2.            Movement Biomechanics

3.            Neural Control of Movement
Candidates should demonstrate an exceptional potential to develop an innovative and collaborative research program at the interfaces of movement sciences and sport, molecular health sciences, neurosciences, nutritional biology, biomechanics, rehabilitation technology, physiology, and medicine.
Professor of Energy Homeostasis
The successful candidate is expected to establish an interdisciplinary research group focused on energy homeostasis at large. Possible research topics may include integrative aspects such as understanding how the status of an organism with respect to physical activity, nutrition, and age impacts cellular and molecular processes of energy homeostasis. Beside a formal education in physiology, biology or a closely related discipline, the candidate should have a proven track record in solving problems on the organ/tissue/cellular/molecular level.
Professor of Movement Biomechanics
The successful candidate is expected to establish an interdisciplinary research program focused on movement biomechanics in the aging musculoskeletal system. Possible research areas focus on: multi-scale simulation techniques from organ to cells; imaging of tissue deformations; mechanobiological adaptation; virtual physiology of the healthy and pathological musculoskeletal system; or computational modeling and evaluation through movement measurements. Beside a formal education in mechanical engineering or closely related disciplines, the candidate should have a proven track record in the development of computational models for biomechanical problems on the organ/tissue/cellular/molecular level, incorporating experimental aspects of movement analysis.
Professor of Neural Control of Movement
The successful candidate is expected to establish an interdisciplinary research group focused on neural control of movement in the normal or disabled population from young up to old age. Possible research areas focus on: neuronal macro- and microcircuit structure and function, the role of nerve fiber growth in the adult brain under conditions of learning and repair, the analysis of the interaction of large populations of neurons in the sensory/motor networks on the various levels of the nervous system, mechanisms that cause central and peripheral fatigue, neuroimaging and human-machine interaction for the investigation of motor control and neuroplasticity or biofeedback for movement learning and neurorehabilitation. The candidate should have a proven track record in successful research on human and animal experimentation from the system to the cellular level, using most advanced technology.
Additional prerequisites for all three positions are a strong motivation and an undisputable commitment to undergraduate and graduate student education. The professorships will be embedded in the Department's undergraduate and graduate program in Health Sciences and Technology. The professors will be expected to teach both undergraduate (in German or English) and graduate level courses (in English).
Each professorship comes with several salary lines for academic and technical assistants, start-up funds and annual allocations to establish a world-class research program. Access to excellent animal facilities and several technology platforms of ETH and the University of Zurich (Functional Genomics Centre, Imaging, Mass spectrometry, etc.) is ensured.

Please apply online at www.facultyaffairs.ethz.ch<http://www.facultyaffairs.ethz.ch>. Your application should include your curriculum vitae and a list of refereed publications. The letter of application should be addressed to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Ralph Eichler. The closing date for applications is June 30, 2011. With a view towards increasing the number of women in leading academic positions, ETH Zurich specifically encourages women to apply.

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