1 – PhD Position in Plant Biochemistry 100%, Zurich, fixed-term: Applications are invited for a PhD position in the Plant Biochemistry group (Laboratory of Prof. Samuel C. Zeeman) in the Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (Department of Biology), ETH Zurich.

Project background: The Laboratory of Plant Biochemistry studies the pathways of carbohydrate metabolism and the molecular mechanisms that plants use to control them. Our research focuses on starch biosynthesis – an important and active field since starch is the key storage carbohydrate of plants and forms the basis of human and animal nutrition.

Having identified a suite of novel proteins involved in localizing and coordinating the enzymes of starch biosynthesis, we are investigating the cell biological aspects of this vital process.

Job description: The successful applicant, who will work in the team led by Prof. Samuel C. Zeeman, will be involved in research to understand how plants are able to make the carbohydrate polymers that comprise starch and how they are able to adopt a complex, semi-crystalline state. This research will require a combination of complementary tools: molecular genetics in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, advanced microscopic and cell biological methods, and in-vitro/in-vivo biochemistry.

The successful applicant will be embedded within an interactive institute located in the city-center Campus of ETH Zurich, a world-leading institution in basic and applied research. We provide access to state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy (ScopeM), proteomics and nucleotide sequence analysis (FGCZ, GDC), in-house metabolomics, and plant growth.The position is available from autumn on or as per mutual agreement.

Your profile

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent, with a strong background in biology/biochemistry and an interest in plant sciences. An advanced knowledge of molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry is essential, together with a strong motivation to learn and develop new techniques and methods.

Experience in microscopy, bioinformatics and quantitative data analysis would be advantageous. Candidates should be excited about science and be motivated to learn and perform research of the highest quality. They should be highly organized and capable of working both independently and within the team.

PhD students at ETH Zurich contribute a modest fraction of their time to undergraduate teaching, principally through assisting in practical courses and co-supervising masters projects. Candidates should have good interpersonal and communication skills. Fluency in English is essential (both spoken and written). ETH Zurich is an Equal Opportunities employer and provides complementary skills training to PhD students via the Life Science Zurich Graduate School

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ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specializing 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.

We value diversity In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we. We look forward to receiving your application with the following documents:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter (one page)
  • Electronic copy/scan of your academic certificate(s)
  • Name and contact details of two academic referees

Please note that we only accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. For further information, please contact Professor Samuel Zeeman (samuel.zeeman@biol.ethz.ch).

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2 – Post-Doc Position in Plant Biochemistry 100%, Zurich, fixed-term:  

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral position in the Plant Biochemistry group (Laboratory of Prof. Samuel C. Zeeman) in the Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (Department of Biology), ETH Zurich. Project background: The Laboratory of Plant Biochemistry studies the pathways of carbohydrate metabolism and the molecular mechanisms that plants use to control them.

Our research focuses on starch biosynthesis – an important and active field since starch is the key storage carbohydrate of plants and forms the basis of human and animal nutrition. Having identified a suite of novel proteins involved in localizing and coordinating the enzymes of starch biosynthesis, we are investigating the cell biological aspects of this vital process.

Job description: The successful applicant, who will work in the team led by Prof. Samuel C. Zeeman, will be involved in research to understand how plants are able to make the carbohydrate polymers that comprise starch and how they are able to adopt a complex, semi-crystalline state. This research will require a combination of complementary tools: molecular genetics in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, advanced microscopic and cell biological methods, and in-vitro/in-vivo biochemistry.

The successful applicant will be embedded within an interactive institute located in the city-center Campus of ETH Zurich, a world-leading institution in basic and applied research. We provide access to state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy (ScopeM), proteomics and nucleotide sequence analysis (FGCZ, GDC) in-house metabolomics, and plant growth.The position is available from autumn on or as per mutual agreement.

Your profile Applicants should hold a PhD degree with a strong background in biology/biochemistry and an interest in plant sciences. Experience in molecular biology and protein biochemistry is required, together with a strong motivation to learn and develop new techniques and methods. Experience in any of the following would also be advantageous: bioinformatics, fluorescence/electron microscopy for plant cell imaging, metabolomic and proteomic analyses.

Candidates should be excited about science and be motivated to perform research of the highest quality. They should be highly organized and capable of working both independently and within the team. Post-doctoral scientists at ETH Zurich contribute a modest fraction of their time to undergraduate teaching, principally through the supervision of undergraduate practical courses and masters projects.

Candidates should have good interpersonal and communication skills. Fluency in English is essential (both spoken and written). ETH Zurich is an Equal Opportunities employer and provides provides career development opportunities to post-docs.

We offer ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specializing 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.

We value diversity In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we. We look forward to receiving your application with the following documents:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter (one page)
  • Electronic copy/scan of your academic certificate(s)
  • Name and contact details of two academic referees

Please note that we only accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. For further information, please contact Professor Samuel Zeeman (samuel.zeeman@biol.ethz.ch).

Apply online now

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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