Lab Manager - Bone Biomechanics

80%-100%, Zurich, temporary

The Laboratory for Bone Biomechanics in the Department of Health Sciences and Technology is looking for a Lab Manager to help in the day-to-day running of an interdisciplinary and dynamic laboratory.

Project background

The Laboratory for Bone Biomechanics (LBB) is a multidisciplinary research unit dedicated to the biomechanical investigation of the skeletal system from macro (organ) to micro (cell) down to nano (molecule) with more than 20 scientists working at LBB. The Laboratory is embedded into the Institute for Biomechanics here at ETH Zurich and aims at providing a bridge between biologists, who have brought molecular and cellular components within the realm of engineering, and engineers, who have brought the methods of measurement, analysis, synthesis, and control within the realm of molecular and cell biology. More specifically, new developments in biomechanical research are aimed at the quantification and modelling of bone at the molecular, cellular, and organ level incorporating novel principles and techniques of cell and molecular biology, biomechanics, bioimaging, and in silico modelling applied to the areas of tissue engineering and repair, systems mechanobiology and personalized medicine.

Job description

We are seeking a highly motivated Lab Manager with excellent organizational skills and a proven talent for running a safe, productive and efficient biology laboratory in an academic or industrial setting. Safety activities include introduction of employees in Lab and Biosafety measures, overseeing lab safety and biosafety, ensuring compliance with local safety and ethics regulations (e.g. Ecogen). Other duties include organization of the LBB group (lab duties, equipment list, lab cleanings, refrigerators, freezers, liquid nitrogen), purchasing lab supplies, maintaining inventories as well as training of lab members on safety and the use of lab equipment, maintenance of equipment and laboratory infrastructure. A high level of mechanical prowess is useful for installation and maintenance of laboratory equipment, which include microscopes, micro-computed tomography and bioprinting systems, molecular biology tools, cell culture facilities and materials testing devices.

Your profile

You either hold a master or doctoral degree in a biology-related field, preferably in microbiology or molecular biology, or completed training as a laboratory assistant/technician and ideally have several years of experience as a lab manager in a biology-oriented laboratory. Experience with cell culture techniques and knowledge to maintain sterile and safe conditions are mandatory. As part of an imminent move to a new facility located at the ETH Zentrum campus, you will be able to plan and implement new, state-of-the-art laboratories. Excellent leadership and interpersonal communication skills in both German (mandatory) and English are required.

ETH Zurich

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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We look forward to receiving your online application as soon as possible, with the following documents: CV, the names and contact information of two professional references, and a motivation letter that makes explicit reference to the position described above.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Evaluation of applications will commence in January 2020; we will consider applications until the position is filled.

Further information about the Laboratory for Bone Biomechanics at the Institute of Biomechanics can be found on our website For further information on the job, please contact Prof. Dr. Ralph Müller via email at (no applications).

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