PhD Positions in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, ETH Zurich- Switzerland

ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowships (ETH Fellows) - Switzerland

Designation/Position- PhD Positions

ETH Zurich, Switzerland invites application for PhD Positions in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from eligible and interested candidates 

About- ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. It is renowned for its excellent education, its cutting-edge fundamental research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice. Applications are invited for two PhD positions in the Laboratory of Prof. Samuel C. Zeeman at the Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (Departement of Biology).

Research/Job Area- Molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry

Project Title- Biochemistry and Cell Biology of Starch Biosynthesis in Plants (100%)

Location- ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Eligibility/Qualification– Applicants should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent, with a strong background in biology 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. The successful candidates 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. 

Job/Position Description- The 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). Fluency in German is advantageous. We provide complementary skills training to PhD students via the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

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 recently identified a suite of novel proteins involved in localizing and coordinating the enzymes of starch biosynthesis, we are initiating new research projects to investigate further the cell biology of this vital process. This research will require a combination of complementary tools: molecular genetics in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, advanced microscopic methods, and in-vitro/in-vivo biochemistry.

How to Apply- Research group look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents: full CV including names of two academic referees, a list of publications (if available) and a short statement of motivation, achievements and previous research experience (one page). Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. The positions are available immediately, but a later starting date is possible. 

For Contact- For further information about the institute please visit our website: Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Samuel C. Zeeman by email [email protected] (no applications) or phone 044 632 82 75.

Last Date for ApplyTill position end

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