Research Assistant in Food Safety and Hygiene
University of Zurich Institute for Food Safety and Hygiene

Institute for Food Safety and Hygiene

Research Assistant
100 %

The Institute of Food Safety and Hygiene (Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland) seeks for a Research Assistant experienced in using of zebrafish as experimental model to study human bacterial infectious pathogens.

Your responsibilities

The person will be responsible for:
  • maintenance of the zebrafish experimental unit connected to the Institute, husbandry and breeding of zebrafish embryos and adults (50 %)
  • carrying out experimental infection assays using bacterial pathogens and interpretation of results (45 %)
  • writing animal experimentation applications, reports and scientific publications (5 %)

Your profile

  • PhD in Biology, Molecular Biology or similar
  • > 8 years experience in zebrafish housing/breeding/use as a model for infection studies
  • Profound knowledge on the biology of zebrafish
  • Knowledge on bacterial pathogens
  • Experience in molecular (DNA/RNA/protein analysis) and state-of-the-art gene engineering techniques (e.g. CRISPERCas9, knock out mutagenesis) in zebrafish and bacteria
  • Holder of a (Swiss) authorization to work as "Animal care taker" for zebrafish experimentation units and preferably as "Study Director"
  • Strong communication skills, capability to work independently on scientific topics and issues, partly with collaborating scientists and undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Knowledge on common statistics and bioinformatics software
  • Preferred language: English

What we offer

We offer varied and interesting work in an inspiring and socially relevant environment.
Diversity and inclusion are important to us.

Place of work


Start of employment

Employment start date to be mutually agreed.

Further information

Prof. Dr. Angelika Lehner

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