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Research Associate for Laboratory Automatization

ArbeitsortWädenswil, Region Zürich, Schweiz

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland’s largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 13,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.

The School of Life Sciences and Facility Management is located on an attractive campus on the left shore of the Lake of Zurich in Wädenswil.

The Competence Center for Biocatalysis at the Institute for Chemistry and Biotechnology (ICBT) is recruiting a

Research Associate for Laboratory Automatization (100 %)

The successful candidate will lead our effort toward the automation of CCBIO’s enzyme engineering platform for the generation of industrial biocatalysts.


Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to,
  • Expansion, implementation, programming and operation of a robotic workstation for high throughput enzyme screening
  • Establishment of workflows on the high-throughput platform
  • Development of novel approaches and strategies to complex problems through adaptations and improvements of automated workflows and infrastructure
  • Troubleshooting, maintenance and validation of high-throughput instrumentation such as automated liquid handlers, colony pickers, plate readers, plate sealers / peelers
  • High-throughput scientific data management, processing and evaluation
  • Providing support and training for additional users


You have a university degree in chemistry, biochemistry or engineering and industrial experience in the relevant field including hands-on experience with robotic workstations. Training in programming is desirable and familiarity with LIMS integration is a plus. You are motivated to conduct research in a future-oriented scientific field and are interested in the technical implementation of new methods. You are enthusiastic about working in a multidisciplinary environment and able to communicate well with scientific and industrial partners.

Wir bieten

We offer you a challenging task in an inspiring working environment with a motivated, young team. The position is initially limited to one year, with the option of extension.

Kontakt und Adresse

For more information please contact Prof. Dr. Rebecca Buller, Head of Competence Center for Biocatalysis, + 41 58 934 54 38 or

To apply for this position, please use the online platform to send us your portfolio to the attention of Kathrin Tangemann, HR Consultant. Please note that we cannot consider applications sent by e-mail.


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