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Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.

The Nanointercell Group of theParticles-Biology Interactions Lab is a highly motivated team of biologists and chemists with core competences in cell- and molecular biology, material science and chemistry. We possess many years of experience and expertise in nanomaterial – biology interactions, including particle uptake, accumulation, translocation across biological barriers and their bio-responses. To enforce our team we are looking for a:

Biomedical Research Assistant (80%-100%) – 1 year

The main objective of the project is to study the mechanism of action of iron nanomedicines in human cells. The candidate will purify and differentiate human macrophages from blood, and use them to study the mechanism of uptake of the nanomedicines. This project is a collaboration with a pharmaceutical company. The project has a 1-year duration.

We are looking for a candidate with:


The project includes experimental work with primary human immune cells, cytotoxicity assays, ELISAs, and flow cytometry. Experience in these areas is considered a plus.


We offer an international, highly stimulating research environment, with excellent infrastructure, broad interdisciplinary surroundings, with plenty of possibilities for personal and professional development. You will work on important and promising solutions to the medical problems in an international environment. The starting date is June 2023 or upon mutual agreement.



Nanointercell Group -Particles-Biology Interactions Lab (403) (https://www.empa.ch/web/s403/nanointercell)

St. Gallen, Switzerland

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Peter Wick peter.wick@empa.ch and Dr. Vanesa Ayala-Nunez vanesa.ayala@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s403 and see our Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

Empa, Esther Zürcher, Human Resources, Lerchenfeldstrasse 5, 9014 St. Gallen, Switzerland.