27 Postdoctoral Fellowships at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

ETH Zurich, Switzerland is currently seeking online applications for various Postdoctoral Positions in different Departments. Here is a list of Postdoc Fellowship positions presently available at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

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27 Postdoctoral Fellowships at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

About ETH Zurich, Switzerland

ETH Zürich is a public research university in the city of Zürich, Switzerland. Founded by the Swiss Federal Government in 1854 with the stated mission to educate engineers and scientists, the school focuses exclusively on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Like its sister institution EPFL, it is part of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology Domain, part of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research.

In the 2021 edition of QS World University Rankings, ETH Zurich was ranked 6th in the world, placing it as the second-best European university after the University of Oxford. The university is an attractive destination for international students thanks to low tuition fees of 809 CHF per semester, PhD and graduate salaries that are amongst the world’s highest, and a world-class reputation in academia and industry. There are currently 22,200 students from over 120 countries, of which 4,180 are pursuing doctoral degrees.

Postdoctoral Position in noninvasive imaging and therapy of neurodegenerative diseases

The Functional and Molecular Imaging Laboratory, jointly affiliated with the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, seeks for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to develop new groundbreaking methods for noninvasive monitoring of ultrasound-based treatments of neurodegenerative diseases.

Our Lab is devoted to development of novel structural, functional, metabolic and molecular imaging systems and methods. State-of-the-art infrastructure for in vivo imaging includes advanced multi-spectral optoacoustic tomography, high-field magnetic resonance scanners, fluorescence microscopy, ultrafast ultrasound, as well as hybrid imaging platforms not available elsewhere. The preclinical phase of the project will mainly focus on studies in mouse models, with clinical translation of the methodology expected at a later stage.

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Postdoc Position in Circuit Neuroscience & Behavior

The Brain, Wire and Behavior Group studies how early life experiences and early circuit activity shapes adult brain function and behaviour. We use circuit neuroscience and developmental neuroscience tools to record or manipulate circuits during critical periods of postnatal development or in adulthood during behaviour. We focus on striatal, mesolimbic and hypothalamic circuits to understand how they regulate motivation, reward and feeding behaviour in the basal state, or following developmental manipulations. Ultimately our goal is to increase our understanding of the aetiology and pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders characterized by maladaptive feeding or altered reward behaviour e.g., eating disorders, addiction, depression, schizophrenia, etc.

You will lead a project aiming at establishing a new mouse model for neuropsychiatric disorders. Your goal is to perform cell-specific manipulation of dopamine circuits during development and determine the impact on the brain and behavioral function in adulthood. With our guidance, you will need to acquire new methods, be responsible for designing and performing experiments (stereotaxic surgery, behavioral testing, neuropharmacology, brain histology, in vivo fluorescent imaging, write code for analysis, etc.), analyze data and regularly present it, write a yearly report for grant funders and draft figures/manuscripts for publications. According to interest, you may supervise students and collaborate with other lab members and collaborators on other projects.

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Postdoctoral Researcher: Microbiome Dynamics in Food Model Systems

The Bokulich laboratory develops bioinformatics methods and software for microbiome research, including QIIME 2, and applies these tools to study microbiomes at the interfaces of foods and human health. The Laboratory of Food Systems Biotechnology (FSB) develops computational methods and utilizes "omics" technologies to study microbial ecosystems in food production and human health, with the ultimate goal of creating microbial communities and products that optimize food quality, safety, and human health.

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in biotechnology and molecular biology to lead a project using food fermentations as a model ecosystem for investigating microbial ecology dynamics and the evolution of multi-species communication.

Fermented foods and beverages are a nutritionally and culturally significant component of human diets globally, as well as a primary source of microorganisms and microbial metabolites that shape both food quality and human health. They also serve as an experimentally tractable model for testing hypotheses of microbial ecology and evolution. The position is located in the Institute of Food, Nutrition, and Health at ETH Zurich within the Laboratory of Food Systems Biotechnology (Prof. Dr Nicholas Bokulich).

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Postdoctoral Researcher – Semantic Urban Elements

The centre currently runs several research programmes with the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) as one of the programmes. It is home to a community of over 100 PhD, postdoctoral and Professorial researchers working on diverse themes related to sustainable cities and resilient infrastructure systems. In the course of their work, researchers actively collaborate with universities, research institutes, industry, and government agencies with the aim of offering practical solutions.

The Semantic Urban Elements module of FCL Global explores how geo-data science, Semantic Web Technologies (SWT) applied to urban design and Computational Social Science approaches can be harnessed to achieve sustainable, resilient, and liveable cities. A Semantic Urban Element represents parts of the urban world as entities and relations. This leads to intelligible, scalable domain models instead of complex physical data models. Semantic Urban Elements are thus specific urban design domain ontologies that can help address challenges of urbanisation.

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Postdoctoral Researcher & Module Coordinator – Semantic Urban Elements

The Semantic Urban Elements module of FCL Global explores how geo-data science, Semantic Web Technologies (SWT) applied to urban design and Computational Social Science approaches can be harnessed to achieve sustainable, resilient, and liveable cities. A Semantic Urban Element represents parts of the urban world as entities and relations. This leads to intelligible, scalable domain models instead of complex physical data models. Semantic Urban Elements are thus specific urban design domain ontologies that can help address challenges of urbanisation.

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Postdoc Researcher in Dynamic Mobile Sensing Platform

ETH Zurich is one of the leading universities in the world with a strong focus on science and engineering. In 2010 it established the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) to do interdisciplinary research on pressing problems.

In collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), SEC is undertaking a research programme on "Future Resilient Systems (FRS)". 

You will develop and implement a roving sensor platform for gathering information on the health state of critical parts of infrastructure networks and assets, e.g., bridges, railways or wind turbines. Vehicles of different forms (e.g., bicycles, cars, train carriages or drones) are re-imagined as carriers of low-cost sensors able to aggregate a multiplicity of information on the position, direction, velocity, acceleration and other relevant parameters of structures, e.g., bridge surface conditions and/or structural integrity characteristics. This information will be primarily used for the condition assessment of critical infrastructure components.

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Postdoc position: Experimental analysis and numerical modeling of geophysical mass flows

The Chair of Alpine Mass Movements is part of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (D-BAUG) at ETH Zurich and the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF which is part of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and thus of the ETH Domain. In our group, we develop numerical models and experimental facilities to better understand the initiation and dynamics of alpine mass movements such as snow avalanches, debris flows and rockfalls. Our research contributes to improve risk assessment and management procedures related to gravitational mass movements in alpine regions and mitigate their impacts.

You will support the ongoing development and application of numerical models (depth-averaged or 3D) for the initiation and propagation of alpine mass movements such as avalanches (rock, snow or ice) or debris flow. In addition, you will conduct granular flow experiments on a new mesoscale chute and contribute to its instrumentation. Furthermore, you will participate in teaching activities at ETH Zürich and publish results in scientific journals, presenting them at international conferences. 

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Postdoctoral Positions in Quantitative Immigration Research (2 Positions)

You will be part of a collaborative team committed to rigorous research along the entire integration journey of immigrants and refugees: from their initial entry to a new host country, through their time as foreign citizens to their (potential) naturalization. We study the effects of policies and design and test interventions to improve the well-being and integration of immigrants and strengthen their host communities. To do so, we combine data from registers, surveys and online behaviour with causal inference and machine learning methods to bring new evidence to bear on the urgent problems policymakers and practitioners face. 

We are looking for two complementary job profiles, both dedicated to rigorous quantitative analyses using advanced statistical methods. 

Profile I:

your primary task is to design and implement randomized-controlled trials of integration interventions and analyze natural experiments using recent advances in experimental design and methods for causal inference.

Profile II:

your focus is on text analysis using state-of-the-art methods in natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML) to analyze newspaper articles, social media, and online comments. 

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Postdoctoral Position in the Infrastructure Management Group

Infrastructure includes the fixed physical objects and networks that ensure the functioning of a society, e.g. bridges in the road network, railroad tracks in the rail network, and pipes in the water connection or wastewater network. Infrastructure management includes all the necessary activities and processes that guarantee that existing infrastructure objects and networks provide an adequate level of service over a given period of time. It considers the relationship between infrastructure benefits and costs for all members of society, in economic and environmental as well as social terms. This implies a balance between the need for predictive accuracy and the analysis effort.

You, as Senior Assistant, will be generally involved in teaching and research. Teaching, which will include lecturing and supervision of students will be at both the bachelor’s and master’s level. For more information about our teaching offerings. In research, you will co-supervise PhD students, participate in writing research proposals and leading research project at both the national and international level. 

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Postdoctoral Position in Systems or Hardware Security

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join our group. You will collaborate closely with the PhD students while establishing a new line of research in the group. You are further expected to contribute to the teaching and supervision activities of the group. The position is ideal for someone who wants to strengthen their CV with additional projects and gain leadership experience in preparation for a top faculty or industry position. 

We are interested in a variety of hot topics in the area of systems and hardware security. The aim of the group is to improve the security of modern computer systems. To do that, we often build novel analysis techniques to uncover previously unknown attack surfaces and when appropriate we design and implement new systems to protect against various classes of attacks. 

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Postdoc: Negotiating Landscape Transitions for Net-Zero Carbon

The Ecosystem Management group at ETH Zurich is offering a two-year postdoctoral research position to explore scenarios for landscape transitions in Scotland within the frame of delivering land-based contributions to national net-zero carbon ambitions. The project includes collaboration with the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and Bangor University in Wales. 

Land use and landscape governance provide opportunities to contribute to climate mitigation targets. Such opportunities include changes in forest and agricultural practices, woodland restoration, and peatland rehabilitation. To deliver just transitions that accommodate the interests and needs of a diverse set of stakeholders, such actions need to be negotiated across stakeholder interests, and in full recognition of the multiple trade-offs and conflicts that exist. This requires mechanisms for collective engagement across sectoral interests and social and governance hierarchies.

This project, to be implemented primarily in Scotland and possibly extended to Wales, will integrate different interpretations of, and aspirations for, current and future landscapes (Objective 1) with ecological knowledge (Objective 2) to construct participatory models (Objective 3) by which stakeholders can collaboratively design, test, and evaluate options for landscape transitions.

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Postdoc – Development and clinical translation of image-guided neurosurgery

The Functional and Molecular Imaging Laboratory, jointly affiliated with the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to develop new precision imaging tools for neurosurgery and monitoring of ultrasound-based tumour ablation treatments. The team effort includes active collaboration with neurosurgeons from the Lucerne Cantonal Hospital to develop and translate the new methodology into the clinics.

Our Lab is devoted to the development of novel structural, functional, metabolic and molecular imaging systems and methods. State-of-the-art infrastructure for in vivo imaging includes advanced multi-spectral optoacoustic tomography, high-field magnetic resonance scanners, fluorescence microscopy, ultrafast ultrasound, as well as hybrid imaging platforms not available elsewhere. The preclinical phase of the project will focus on studies in small and large animal models, followed by a clinical translation of the new technique.

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

 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.

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.

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Postdoctoral Researcher Position on Climate Risk and Multi-criteria Decision Modelling

  • We are looking for someone eager to engage with stakeholders and can implement co-created solutions in a complex data and model context.
  • The main tasks will be to integrate the existing open-source CLIMADA platform into a new data matrix and to develop and implement a multi-criteria decision methodology. This includes a programming element, a research element to demonstrate the new methods, and a stakeholder interaction element.
  • You are expected to participate in the co-development of CLIMADA and other prototypical decision support systems together to improve the decision process along the full processing chain and across disciplines. Given your interests, interactions and involvement with other ongoing research projects at the WCR group are fully supported.

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Postdoc Position in Aerosol Microbiome Research

We seek to fill a postdoc position to study the diversity, structure and dynamics of aerosolized microbial communities across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The position will be based at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and foresees exchanges with partners at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, as part of a joint project.

Airborne microbes impact key climatological processes such as cloud formation and precipitation. However, the communities they form remain one of the least studied microbial systems on Earth, especially in remote areas such as the open oceans. Studying processes at the ocean-atmosphere interface is thus of particular importance, given that they underpin the distribution of marine microbes, which may affect ecosystem structure and health even thousands of kilometres away from their source. To advance our understanding, it is thus essential to establish an inventory of airborne marine microbial diversity and to study the factors that shape their diversity and drive their emission and dispersal across large geographic distances.

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Postdoc Position in Geodesy and Engineering Geodesy

To strengthen the team, the Chair of Geosensors and Engineering Geodesy (GSEG) at the Institute ofGeodesy and Photogrammetry (IGP), headed byProf. Dr. Andreas Wieser is looking for a postdoc employee. In research and teaching, we deal with geomonitoring, geodetic measurement technology and evaluation methodology. Research focuses on areal monitoring with terrestrial laser scanning and radar interferometry, development and calibration of geodetic measuring systems as well as the in-depth analysis of observational data with the help of machine learning. You have a PhD in geodesy or a related discipline and experience in application, research or development in at least one of the areas LiDAR or geodetic refraction. You are responsible, proactive, both a team player and independent, and interested in research and teaching. 

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Postdoc Positions in Experimental Quantum Engineering Group

The Experimental Quantum Engineering (EQE) group seeks for one or two highly motivated postdoctoral researchers to start a project aiming for building a new architecture for quantum computation and simulation with dual-type dual-element arrays of neutral atoms. The EQE group is led by Prof. Wenchao Xu. Arrays of individual atoms trapped in optical tweezers are promising for quantum simulation and quantum information processing. The new apparatus in our group combines arrays of individual atoms and arrays of small atomic ensembles, with the individual atoms for encoding qubits/spins and atomic ensembles for ancillary operations. This project is devoted to implementing new schemes for scalable local qubit operations, fast and non-demolish measurements, and a significant higher experimental repetition rate.

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Postdoctoral Scientist on Mechanisms of Arthritic Diseases

The Tissue Engineering + Biofabrication Lab, ETH Zürich, Switzerland is recruiting a postdoc with a strong curiosity about the joint disease (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis) and the potential roles of endotoxemia and diet in its pathogenesis.

You will join a large European network interested in understanding the mechanisms of arthritic disease progression and developing interventional therapies. We offer a stimulating and multidisciplinary environment with excellent infrastructure. The ETH lab has several ongoing related projects and collaborations including studies on the role of endotoxin in osteoarthritis, biomaterials/drug delivery for OA treatment, well as image-based analysis of osteoarthritis progression.

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Postdoctoral Researcher: The situation of urban essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher who examines the experiences, struggles and policy demands of non-healthcare urban essential workers (such as bus drivers, day care personnel, waste collection workers, or delivery workers) during the pandemic. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been unequal depending on the resources and opportunities people have to cope with the multiple consequences of the pandemic. These inequalities have been exacerbated in cities, especially with regard to urban labour issues. While some workers could continue their work from home, others had to step out and up, becoming or being identified as what we call now ‘essential’. Intersectional burdens, expressed in the overlapping of race, class, and gender, have been reproduced throughout the pandemic, as care and maintenance work have fallen disproportionately on the shoulders of women, people of color, and migrants.

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Postdoc Position in Experimental Quantum Magnetism

The Neutron Scattering and Magnetism (NSM) group at the Physics Department, ETH Zurich, is currently looking for an excellent candidate to fill a post-doctoral researcher position in the field of experimental solid-state physics. The appointment is for two years with a possibility of extension.

The appointment is for two years with a possibility of extension. Funding for the position is secured, but the candidates will also have the opportunity to apply for career grants such as the ETH Fellowship and Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The research focus is on exotic quantum phases, excitations and phase transitions in frustrated quantum magnets. The successful candidate will synthesize single crystal samples of novel frustrated compounds and study their spectroscopic, magneto-electric and thermodynamic properties using in-house measurements and neutron scattering experiments at facilities worldwide. All research in the group is performed with a direct involvement of PhD and master's students, whom the successful candidate will help supervise.

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Postdoc Position in Modelling of Forest Development and Wood Production

You will work with selected case study regions representing the Swiss Plateau, the pre-Alps and Jura and the Alps, effectively covering most of the important productive regions and their differences. This will also facilitate collaboration with local stakeholders. To assess tree species’ climate suitability and growth dynamics, you will employ dynamic, process-based models such as ForClim (developed at ETH) and 3-PG (applied at WSL). The resulting trajectories will benchmark the projections of the empirical growth model MASSIMO (developed at WSL based on National Forest Inventory data). A spatially explicit forest planning model (FPS.Europe, developed at ETH) will provide linkages with other parts of the project and form the basis for interaction with stakeholders in the case study regions.

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Postdoc Position on “Creating new socio-ecological incentive systems to support sustainable action, recycling and sharing, using Internet of Things technologies”

You will create novel research breakthroughs and contribute to the ambitious ERC Advanced Investigator Grant on “Co-Evolving City Life” (CoCi) in subject areas connected to smart cities and digital societies. Your research focus will be on “Sustainable Cities and Coordination”. Given recent digital technologies such as the Internet of Things (sensor and communication networks), Artificial Intelligence, and Distributed Ledgers (e.g. blockchains), production and logistics are becoming increasingly smart. Ideally, you will study how the convergence of these technologies can be used to fuel new approaches towards more sustainable production and logistics in an urban context, particularly consumption and waste disposal. For example, Blockchain technology allows for the creation of new token-based incentive systems in areas that suffer from externality effects. This might include the implementation of “smart waste”.

Deadline: 15 November 2022
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Postdoc Position “Cooperatives in a changing world”

The project has clear deliverables and milestones. You will co-lead the development and (co-)teach in programs as the MSc/MAS in Management, Technology and Economics and Executive MBA as a joint program with HSG. We look for somebody who is interested in cooperatives and their dynamics, particularly in their social impact on society and its measurement. The project builds on past work done in the group, in social innovation and social entrepreneurship, which has led to various papers published in Academy of Management JournalBusiness Ethics QuarterlyJournal of Organizational Education Behavior, etc. This project intends to continue and reinforce this research trajectory. There is, however, ample scope to design and steer their research in directions that correspond to the strengths and interests of you.

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Postdoctoral Researcher in Urban Building Energy Modelling

The objective of your work will be to gain knowledge and evaluate the GHG reduction potentials of innovative building materials across typical Swiss settlement types. Your work will be centred around building, expanding and analysing Swiss UBEM archetypes and representative buildings using the City Energy Analyst (CEA). This includes identifying the future trends in building properties, materials and building energy systems, developing the UBEMs that reflect the trends, and integrating the research outcome into the City Energy Analyst platform. Furthermore, you will expand the CEA to address lifecycle emissions from a material and temporal perspective. As part of the UBEM team at the chair, you will discuss and, if complementary, contribute to other ongoing research projects with your knowledge and experience.

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Postdoctoral Researcher – International Corporate Taxation or Local Public Finance/Urban Economics

The Chair of Public Economics at D-MTEC invites applications for a postdoc position. The group`s main focus is on theoretical and empirical research in the area of public economics such as corporate taxation, fiscal federalism and public economy aspects of the digital economy, for instance. The starting date is flexible. The research strategy involves normative as well as political economy analyses. Preferences will be given to candidates with a specialization in international corporate taxation or local public finance/urban economics.

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Postdoctoral Researcher in Management and Control of Dynamic Capacity in shared Mobility Networks

The focus of this project is to understand how to design and operate a mobility network with a large range of possible vehicles (large, medium, in theory even individual), and service design (on-demand responsive, planned, planned and real-time adaptations). The objective is that the vehicle capacity meets the demand (crowding /denied boarding is minimal), waste capacity is minimized, and the performance is the highest (travel time, waiting time, energy, cost). This broad topic includes approaches for optimization, control and simulation for scheduled and on-demand services.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Shoulder Biomechanics

You will be responsible for conducting your own independent research, and for contributing to the establishment, supervision and growth of an independent research group, in the area of shoulder biomechanics. A focus is placed on the use of multi-body musculoskeletal simulation to create a virtual shoulder model allowing the analysis of shoulder loading in the healthy and diseased state, and to predict the outcome of current and future surgical interventions. You will work closely with your clinical partners to ensure a close alignment of scientific research goals with relevant clinical challenges.

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