Postdoctoral Researcher (Analytical Chemistry, Single-Cell Analysis)

100%, Basel, fixed-term

The Bioanalytics Group at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering/ ETH Zurich in Basel led by Prof. Petra Dittrich develops a new generation of analytical instruments and methods for cell and membrane analysis using microsystems technology.

Join our interdisciplinary research team! You will work at the interface of biology, analytical chemistry and microfluidic technology.

Project background

High-throughput screening methods are required to find, test and analyze new compounds and drugs. To address this challenge, we use droplet microfluidics, which allows for the creation of tiny reaction and cultivation wells. The resulting emulsion has an excellent monodispersity, with droplet volumes in the range of pico- or a few nanoliters. The technique is commonly used in combination with fluorescence spectroscopy. In addition, we employ mass spectrometry for a more detailed analysis of the enclosed compounds or reaction products.

Job description

The open postdoc project involves droplet microfluidics, droplet manipulation and analytical methods including microscopy and mass spectrometry. You will build a microfluidic platform for single-cell analysis. Specific tasks are:

  • Design and development of microstructured targets for microscopy and mass spectrometry
  • Development of assays for multimodal analysis of cells
  • Development of workflows for data acquisition and analysis
  • Writing scientific publications and grant applications
  • Supervision of students projects

Your profile

The combination of biological and technological aspects is central in our group. You should have a strong disposition to learn and improve methods and you should be very open to different research fields. A strong background in analytical chemistry/analytical methods is required, particularly experiences with mass spectrometry. Previous experiences in the field of microfluidics/lab-on-chip technology are useful.

Your workplace

We offer

We offer the successful candidate an intellectually exciting position in an inspiring atmosphere. Advanced training in different related fields and participation at international conferences is highly encouraged. Further information about our group and the Department can be found on the websites www.dittrich.ethz.ch and www.bsse.ethz.ch.

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • A letter describing your background and motivation
  • CV including publication list
  • Two reference letters
  • Certificates (doctoral degree, master certificate)

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Petra S. Dittrich, by email (petra.dittrich@bsse.ethz.ch) (no applications).

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.