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Assistant Professorship Tenure Track in Modelling Neural Diseases Using Stem Cell Technology

University of Zurich
Zurich, Canton of Zürich (CH)
Closing date
Jan 21, 2024

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Life Sciences, Biology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience
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We are seeking candidates with an outstanding track record to establish an internationally leading research group in neuroscience, focusing on neural circuit development, plasticity and / or neurodevelopmental disorders using stem cell-derived tools, such as organoids and / or assembloids. The applicant is expected to have experience in the development and / or application of stem cell-derived methods to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms of brain development and neural plasticity in health and disease.

The successful candidate will join the Department of Molecular Life Science (DMLS). The interdisciplinary focus of the professorship is reflected by the appointment of the successful candidate as a dual professor at both the Faculty of Science (MNF) as well as the Faculty of Medicine (MeF). We expect close collaboration with the latter's Brain Research Institute (HiFo). The future professor will further profit from their integration into the University Research Priority Program “Adaptive Brain Circuits in Development and Learning” (URPP AdaBD). Beyond these, they will have extensive opportunities for interaction and collaboration with other research groups at the UZH and, more generally, in Zurich’s rich and diverse research environment.

The future professor will contribute to teaching and its further development at both Bachelor and Master level at both faculties, in particular with courses on development of the nervous system, brain disorders, development of neuroscience techniques and their application. Teaching at the advanced level (starting with  the 3rd year of Bachelor) is in English. Further, the future professor will contribute to the Neuroscience PhD program of the Neuroscience Center Zurich (ZNZ), supervise PhD students and mentor PostDocs.

UZH sees researchers as modern leaders who conduct excellent research - taking into account the Open Science principles - through their own research projects as well as the promotion of excellent junior researchers, and who help to shape a future-oriented University with innovative research-based teaching. UZH provides generous research support, including dedicated funds for personnel, running expenses, and competitive start-up packages, as well as access to cutting edge technology platforms. Additionally, the successful applicant is expected to acquire external research funding. Zurich’s scientific environment encompasses a rich spectrum of diverse activities. Situated in the open-minded and family-friendly city of Zurich, which combines the inspiring cultural scene in a modern European city with the convenient accessibility to its beautiful natural surroundings, UZH is well integrated in the city's community and research environment.

The employment conditions for this position follow UZH's legal regulations and include part-time options. UZH is an equal-opportunities employer, and the MNF, in particular, strives to increase the percentage of women and underrepresented groups in leading positions. Therefore, qualified female researchers and others from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Care-time interruptions are considered during the evaluation of all applicants.

Applicants are kindly invited to submit their applications, which should include:

- a cover letter (max. 1 page)

-        Curriculum Vitae with date of submission, including teaching and supervisory track record; outreach activities; a list of acquired competitive funding, including role and amount awarded to the candidate

       a description of their research outputs relevant for this application and their importance for the field (at most five outputs, max. 1 page in total)

- a research plan describing their mid-term scientific strategy and expected impact (max. 2 pages)

       a teaching reflection on their educational values, tools and methods, and their potential contribution to the curriculum development at UZH (max. 1 page)

- a description of their track record and/or planned measures towards diversity, equality, inclusion, and sustainability (max. 0.5 page)

- a list of publications and other research outputs, including dataset, code, etc.

- a copy of their PhD certificate

Please note that page limitations do not include references.

The evaluation processes at UZH and MNF follow the DORA recommendations for assessing research quality and impact. Applicants are thus asked to refrain from referring to non-personal metrics, such as impact factors.

Please upload your application via the apply button by 21st January 2024.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Esther Stoeckli (

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