Research Technician in Cell and Molecular Biology

ETH Zurich


Research Technician - Cell and Molecular Biology

100%, Zurich, permanent

The Professorship of Genome Biology (Corn lab) develops and uses next-generation genome editing and regulation technologies for both fundamental biological discovery and to create potential therapies for human genetic diseases. We are seeking a Research Assistant with expertise in Cellular and Molecular Biology to join our team.

Project background

The Professor of Genome Biology is part of the D-BIOL Institute of Molecular Health Sciences. The laboratory works in a fast-moving field with global exposure, so applicants should be excited about a dynamic environment. This position will support research activities that contribute to projects spanning diverse areas including CRISPR-Cas tool development, DNA repair, organelle homeostasis, and preclinical genome editing. The position may perform experiments that include cloning, working with immortalized and primary human cells, genome editing, and characterizing edited cells. Especially motivated and talented individuals will have the opportunity to drive independent research projects. 

Job description

A significant percent effort will be dedicated to preparing and performing various experiments with mammalian cells, with an emphasis on human genome editing. Your field of activity will include:

  • Mammalian cell culture (cell lines and primary cells)
  • Cell editing and editing analysis
  • Molecular biology, such as PCR, qPCR, ChIP, NGS library preparation
  • Preparation and validation of diverse CRISPR/Cas reagents
  • Assistance with general lab duties

Your profile

You are very well organised and able to work efficiently and with precision in a fast paced environment. You are proactive and can work independently but also as part of a small group. You can use computer software to manage, analyse, and share information. Advanced knowledge of English is essential, as this is the working language of the team.

Required skills:

  • Molecular Biology or similar discipline qualification (e.g. B.Sc. degree or equivalent) with at least 2 years professional experience in industry or academia
  • Expertise with standard molecular biology techniques
  • Mammalian cell culture experience

Preferred skills:

  • Experience with applying CRISPR-Cas or other genome engineering tools

Desired skills:

  • Experience with NGS library preparation protocols

We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • CV (include complete list of publications and references we can contact)
  • Motivation letter

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about the Professorship of Genome Biology (Corn lab) can be found on our website. For more information about the position, contact Mr Jacob Ellery Corn ( (no applications).

About ETH Zürich

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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