Postdoctoral Position: Cancer Research at the Institute of Molecular Health Sciences

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Molecular Oncology Lab, headed by Prof. Nicola Aceto, is located at the Institute of Molecular Health Sciences of the Department of Biology (D-BIOL) within the Hönggerberg campus at ETH Zurich, and comprises a team of dedicated scientists and collaborators.

Project background

The Molecular Oncology Lab combines a wide variety of disciplines to answer outstanding questions in cancer research, with a particular emphasis on the biology of human circulating tumor cells responsible for developing metastasis in patients. This interdisciplinary research group combines microfluidics technologies, patient samples, in vivo models, genome engineering, single-cell analysis, and computational and molecular biology to study how cancer spreads. Recent discoveries from the group involve the identification of metastatic precursors in breast cancer patients (e.g. Diamantopoulou et al., Nature, 2022; Szczerba et al., Nature, 2019; Gkountela et al., Cell, 2019; Donato et al., Cell Rep, 2020), leading to the development of new clinical trials.

Job description

We seek a highly-motivated Postdoctoral fellow to lead current drug screen projects in the lab, aimed at the identification of new molecules that act as metastasis suppressors. You will be part of an international team of researchers and participate in well-funded projects at the interface between academia and pharma, in a highly motivated scientific environment.

Your profile

  • Holding a doctoral degree (MD and/or PhD)
  • Experienced in cancer research, with excellent publications in the field
  • Familiar with cell culture and molecular biology
  • Familiar with the use of in vivo models of cancer
  • Not afraid of automation and large drug screens
  • Excited to work in a highly-collaborative environment that includes molecular biologists, clinicians, and computational biologists
  • Capable of independent thinking, ambitious, focused on discovery
  • A team player with excellent communication and writing skills (English)

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We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

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Curious? So are we.

Please submit your application package online before November 30th, 2022 including the following documents:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Reference letters

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For more information please visit our website www.theacetolab.com. Questions regarding the position should be directed to M.Sc Ilona Krol, email: Ilona.krol@biol.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.

Curious? So are we.

Please submit your application package online before November 30th, 2022 including the following documents:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Reference letters

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For more information please visit our website www.theacetolab.com. Questions regarding the position should be directed to M.Sc Ilona Krol, email: Ilona.krol@biol.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.