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Research Associate for Laboratory Automatization

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW
Institute for Chemistry and Biotechnology (ICBT)

WorkplaceWädenswil, Zurich region, Switzerland
Occupation rate100%

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 biocatalysis.

Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to
  • Expansion, implementation, programming and operation of a robotic workstation for high throughput enzyme screening
  • Process development and transfer to 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 with a dissertation or several years of industrial experience. You have advanced hands-on experience with robotic workstations and are experienced in high-throughput assay development. 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 are able to build internal and external networks.

We offer

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.

Contact and Address

For more information please contact Prof. Dr. Rebecca Buller, Head of Competence Center for Biocatalysis, + 41 58 934 5438 or rebecca.bullerzhaw.ch.

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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