Research Assistant in Biochemistry

University of Zurich Department of Biochemistry


Department of Biochemistry, University of Zurich

Research Assistant (Laboratory Technician)
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The research group headed by Prof. Martin Jinek at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, is looking for a talented, goal-driven and team-oriented co-worker to join as a research assistant (laboratory technician). Research in the Jinek laboratory is focused on studying the molecular structures and biochemical mechanisms of CRISPR-Cas genome editing systems and protein-RNA complexes. The research assistant will contribute to these activities by providing general and project-specific laboratory support.

Your responsibilities

As a research assistant in the Jinek group, you will be responsible for:
  • Management of laboratory inventory and logistics support
  • General maintenance of lab equipment, including chromatography instruments
  • Independent preparation of laboratory reagents, cell culture media, agar plates, competent cells
  • Recombinant DNA technology (plasmid DNA minipreps, PCR, restriction enzyme cloning)
  • Expression of recombinant proteins in bacteria (E. coli)
  • Purification of proteins and enzymes using chromatographic techniques

Your profile

Interested candidates must have:
  • Bachelor degree (University or Fachhochschule) in biochemistry or a related field, OR completed vocational training as a laboratory technician (EFZ Laborant/in, Fachrichtung Biologie o. Chemie)
  • Preferably 1-3 years of practical experience
  • Practical experience with basic methods for molecular biology and protein biochemistry
  • Working experience with chromatographic instruments (Aekta Pure, Aekta Purifier)
  • Good knowledge in the MS Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)
  • Good communication skills in English and German
  • Attention to detail, good organisational and record-keeping skills

What we offer

We offer a competitive employment package, a supportive and highly collaborative working environment that fosters academic and professional career development, excellent research funding and state-of-the-art infrastructure for structural biology, biochemistry and biophysics.

Place of work

Irchel Campus, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland

Start of employment

01. January 2021 or by mutual agreement.
Please send your application materials including a CV, a motivation letter and contact information for references to Prof. Martin Jinek

Further information

Prof. Martin Jinek

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