Research Assistant/ Postdoctoral Fellow - molecular parasitology: Switzerland

The Institute of Parasitology is a joint institute of the Veterinary (Vetsuisse) and the Medical Faculty of the University of Zürich. The laboratory of molecular parasitology is part of this Institute, along with vector entomology, zoonoses and translational research, veterinary parasitology research, and the nematode-host interactions research groups. We work in a strongly interdisciplinary research environment encompassing veterinary medicine, cell/molecular/systems biology and bioinformatics. This includes investigation of parasite development and mechanisms of stage-differentiation in host animals on a molecular Ievel and using in vitro models.
Our group investigates the molecular biology of the Toxoplasma gondii sexual cycle in cat intestinal cells. The project involves frequent interaction with national and international project partners in the area of veterinary medicine, bioinformatics, computational biology, and database curation. In addition to a strong wet lab component, the project also includes comparative biology approaches as well as identification and functional investigation of factors which mediate cell type-specific host-parasite interaction during motility and cell invasion in vitro.
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Major tasks associated to this position are :

  • laboratory research and scientific publishing
  • project management
  • laboratory management
  • training of junior researchers and co-supervision

Minor tasks include :

  • teaching and course organization
  • fundraising
  • administration
  • advisory role on recruitment


PhD in Biological Sciences or other related disciplines; practical and theoretical knowledge of apicomplexa biology is mandatory; some postdoctoral experience is desirable.

IMPORTANT NOTE : Applications which do not fulfill these criteria will not be considered.

Language requirements
Excellent command of written and spoken English is mandatory; good knowledge of German is a strong asset.

Computer skills
proficiency at the Microsoft Office package, bioinformatics online tools, data repositories are minimal requirements.

Special requirements
We seek a motivated, ambitious researcher with hands-on experience in Toxoplasma gondii culture and latest genetic manipulation techniques combined with a good understanding of computational biology, deep sequencing, and database analysis. Candidates with a strong interest in interdisciplinary disease-oriented research, host-parasite interaction, and translational approaches are encouraged to apply. Highly desirable skills/experience include : organoid establishment and culturing, confocal microscopy, CRISPR-CAS9 methods, experience and further education with experimental animal handling.

We offer
80-100 % at the Ievel of Assistent/Oberassistent, financed by the Canton of Zurich for at least 2 years with possibilities of extension. Outstanding living conditions and attractive salary in Zurich including a first-class research environment in a city with two leading Universities. Strong national and international networking, career development, and the possibility to take responsibility for project management.

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Auskunft erteilt / More information
Prof. Dr. Adrian B. Hehl/Dr. Carmen Faso;

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