Automation Engineer at the ETH Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering

ETH Zurich
Canton of Basel-Stadt (CH)
Salary will be commensurate with ETH guidelines
August 30 2017
Position Type
Full Time
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The Laboratory Automation Facility (LAF) is a central research and service platform at the ETH's Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE), located in Basel. We provide for our users the implementation and access to complex laboratory workflows on automated liquid handling systems such as TECAN and Hamilton. We are recruiting for our team an  

Automation Engineer at the ETH Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering  

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who will be responsible for the operation of automation/robotics within the facility. Responsibilities include transferring experimental protocols into robotic workflows (scripting, programming, validating and instrument reconfiguration), instrument maintenance, and user training. He/she will be supporting the users during the use of the established protocols and for troubleshooting when necessary. This position is permanent, located in Basel and can start immediately.  

The candidate should have an engineering or science background and experience in the field of laboratory automation, preferably with liquid and cell handling. The position requires hands-on experience in assay/workflow development and instrument maintenance. Good programming skills for scripting and customized programming of automated systems and LIMS are essential (Hamilton Venus two, Tecan Freedom EVOware, LabView). The position demands very good problem solving skills of complex technical issues.
A background in biology is a plus. Fluency in English is required to support scientific research and operations at the ETH. Besides having the above-mentioned technical abilities in the field of laboratory automation, the candidate must be a team player and possess the ability to adapt to work in a variety of scientific areas.

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas and certificates of employment in English. Please address your application to Mr. Roland Munz Human Resources. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information on the LAF and links to the D-BSSE web site see: Questions regarding the position should be directed to from Dr. Thomas Horn by email (no applications please).