The Bio Engineering Laboratory at the Department Biosystems Science and Engineering is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic PhD student with expertise in microtechnological fabrication (cleanroom) and microfluidics, who will want to work in a highly interdisciplinary and international environment in Basel, Switzerland.
In the framework of an Innosuisse project, involving academic and industrial research partners, the student will develop a microfluidic platform for the ex-vivo culturing of organotypic tissue slices and for monitoring, in real-time, the effects of anti-cancer drug compounds on the tissue model.
Standard analysis methods (fluorescence microscopy, immunofluorescence staining, supernatant sampling and analysis) will be used to analyze and continuously monitor tissue status and viability. The microfluidic devices will be developed and tested in a collaborative effort with an industrial and an academic partner. The work will be performed in close collaboration with engineers and biologists. A state-of-the art microtechnological cleanroom, a broad spectrum of engineering and testing equipment, as well as cell-culture and biological facilities are available in the group and Department.
To work on this highly interdisciplinary project, a suitable candidate should have a solid background in microengineering, especially in microfluidics and in microfabrication technologies (cleanroom and plastic fabrication processes). Previous experience with cell culturing and in-vitro bioassays is highly beneficial. Furthermore, programming skills and knowledge of simulation tools and Labview are important assets. Being successful in interdisciplinary work in the area of microtechnology/electronics/biology requires good communication skills and a proactive work attitude. The candidate must be able to fluently communicate in English (oral and written) and be willing to work in a highly interactive and collaborative international environment.
The position is planned for 3 - 4 years (PhD).
We look forward to receiving your online application. A complete application package includes a short motivation statement, an up-to-date CV, complete academic transcripts, and two letters of reference. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Incomplete application packages and applications via e-mail or postal services will not be considered.
Further information about the Bio Engineering Laboratory can be found on our website www.bel.ethz.ch. For more information on the position, please contact - exclusively via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (no e-mail submission of applications).
|Title||PhD opening in microfluidics and ex vivo tissue culture|
|Job location||Rämistrasse 101, 8006 Zurich|
|Published||September 17, 2020|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Biotechnology,   Cell Biology,   Bioengineering  |