[Equal] Position: Assistant Professorships in Biology

Schuler Susanne (Prs) susanne.schuler at sl.ethz.ch
Fri Nov 25 11:26:38 CET 2011

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Assistant Professorships in Biology

The Department of Biology (www.biol.ethz.ch) at ETH Zurich invites applications for three non-tenure track Assistant Professorships in:

Computational Biology
The Professorship is expected to build a strong, independent research program within the field of Molecular Systems Biology in the Department of Biology at ETH Zurich (IMSB; www.imsb.ethz.ch). Research areas include, but are not limited to, the development of novel or the implementation of existing computational methods for the analysis and modeling of molecular and developmental networks and their dynamic changes in cells, using information available from genomic, proteomic, imaging and metabolomic data. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the ongoing efforts to increase quantitative and computational aspects in biological education. Applicants should have an excellent record of internationally recognized research and a background in the application of computational methods to Biology. The focus should be on addressing complex biological questions. The Department of Biology offers outstanding scientific opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary research projects, including close interactions with SystemsX.ch, the Swiss initiative for Systems Biology, the Functional Genomics Center Zurich, and colleagues in Informatics and Mathematics.

Structural Biology / Biophysics (Electron Microscopy / Single Molecule Spectroscopy)
The Professorship is expected to build an internationally competitive, innovative research program within the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biophysics (IMBB; www.mol.biol.ethz.ch), which provides an excellent scientific environment and access to state-of-the-art equipment. Research areas of interest include studies of bio-macromolecules and their cellular context using single particle cryo-electron microscopy or single molecule spectroscopy. For electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopes (including a FEI Tecnai G2 F20 cryo and a Titan Krios) are available within the Electron Microscopy Center of ETH Zurich.

RNA Function and Technology in Disease
The Professorship is expected to build a vibrant and internationally visible research program that combines molecular, biochemical and genetic approaches to generate fundamental knowledge on RNA or RNA-Protein complexes and their contribution to homeostatic and disease mechanisms and/or develops state-of-the-art technologies in this area. The activities should be integrated with ongoing efforts in the Department of Biology in the areas of Molecular, Cellular, and Systems Biology. The successful applicant is also expected to develop translational research activities in the context of the ETH Zurich strategic initiative in Health Sciences. The research group will be housed in the new Institute of Molecular Health Sciences (IMHS; www.imhs.biol.ethz.ch) of ETH Zurich dedicated to the understanding of basic and disease mechanisms.

All candidates are expected to contribute to the teaching activities of the Department of Biology at the Bachelor and Master level, and the interactive, scientific environment at ETH Zurich. The new Professors will be expected to teach undergraduate level courses (German or English) and graduate level courses (English).

At ETH Zurich, positions at the Assistant Professor level are aimed at promoting the careers of young Professors and at giving them the opportunity to gain further scientific qualifications in view of an academic career. The initial appointment is for four years with the possibility of renewal for an additional two-year period.

Please apply online at www.facultyaffairs.ethz.ch. Your application should include your curriculum vitae, a list of publications, the names of at least three referees, and a short overview of research interests. The letter of application should be addressed to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Ralph Eichler. The closing date for applications is 31 January 2012. ETH Zurich is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. With a view towards increasing the number of women in leading academic positions, ETH Zurich specifically encourages women to apply.

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