Postdoc to investigate the fate of influenza viruses in expiratory aerosol

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Postdoc to investigate the fate of influenza viruses in expiratory aerosol

Seasonal influenza is a disease that exerts a heavy burden on public health and the economy. Influenza virus can be transmitted by aerosols produced by the human respiratory tract (expiratory aerosols), if the aerosol-borne viruses are infectious. It is known that ambient conditions, in particular, relative humidity (RH) and temperature (T), affect the infectivity of airborne influenza viruses, but the underlying processes are not understood. In this interdisciplinary project, we aim to understand the fate of influenza viruses in expiratory aerosols. We will work with aerosol scientists from ETH Zürich and virologists from the University of Zürich and to establish the link between atmospheric conditions, aerosol chemistry and structure, and virus infectivity.

Main duties and responsibilities include :

The postdoc’s tasks will be to characterize the effect of the different physical-chemical conditions encountered in aerosol particles on influenza viruses. She/he will establish mass spectrometry and other experimental techniques to measure changes to viral structure, proteins and lipids. She/he will also contribute to kinetic experiments to measure decay rates of aerosolized influenza viruses under different environmental conditions.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD in environmental sciences or engineering, biology, chemistry or a related field. She/he should be keen on working in an interdisciplinary team consisting of atmospheric scientists and virologists and environmental engineers. Experience with mass spectrometry techniques is essential. Prior knowledge of aerosol sciences and/or virology is a plus. The group language is English, therefore a good command of both spoken and written English is essential.

A competitive salary (ca. CHF 85’000/year, depending on career stage), a stimulating international research environment, good research infrastructures and resources, and the opportunity to live and work along the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva. The position will start in spring 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Start date :
Spring 2020

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Duration :
One year (renewable up to 4 years)

For further information about this lab and project, consult ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> or contact Prof. Tamar Kohn.
To apply, please send the following documents as a single pdf file to karine.maritz [at] epfl[.]ch :
  • a cover letter explaining your motivation for the position and your career goals
  • the name and contact information of three references

Remark :
Only candidates who applied through EPFL website or our partner Jobup’s website will be considered.


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 47096.

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