ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. It is renowned for its excellent education, its cutting-edge fundamental research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice. Applications are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral position in the Laboratory of Prof. Samuel C. Zeeman at the Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (Departement of Biology).
Full-time Postdoctoral Position - Cell Biology of Starch Biosynthesis in Plants (100%)
The Zeeman Laboratory studies the pathways of carbohydrate metabolism and the molecular mechanisms that plants use to control them. Our research focuses on starch biosynthesis - an important and active field since starch is the key storage carbohydrate of plants and forms the basis of human and animal nutrition. Having recently identified a suite of previously unknown proteins involved in localizing and coordinating the enzymes of starch biosynthesis, we are initiating new research projects to investigate further the cell biology of this vital process. This research will require a set of complementary approaches: molecular genetics in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, advanced fluorescence microscopy and electron microscopy, and in-vitro/in-vivo biochemistry. Applicants should hold a PhD degree with a strong background in biology and an interest in plant sciences. Experience in molecular biology and advanced fluorescence microscopy is essential, together with a strong motivation to learn and develop new techniques and methods. Experience in any of the following would also be advantageous: biochemistry, bioinformatics, electron microscopy, proteomic analyses, and quantitative data analysis. The successful candidate will be embedded within an interactive institute located in the city-center Campus of ETH Zurich, a world-leading institution in basic and applied research. We provide access to state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy (ScopeM, www.scopem.ethz.ch), proteomics and nucleotide sequence analysis (FGCZ, www.fgcz.ch; GDC, www.gdc.ethz.ch), in-house metabolomics, and plant growth facilities.
The candidate should be motivated to perform research of the highest quality and be excited about science. She or he should be highly organised, capable of working independently, within the team at ETH, and with collaborating laboratories. Post-doctoral scientists at ETH Zurich contribute a modest fraction of their time to teaching, principally through the supervision of undergraduate practical courses and masters projects. Candidates should have good interpersonal and communication skills. Fluency in English is essential (both spoken and written). Fluency in German is advantageous.