Assistant-e (A2)

WorkplaceGeneva, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland


Description du poste

The group of Biomedical and Metabolomic Analysis of the University of Geneva develops new analytical methods for monitoring drugs, toxicants, and endogenous metabolites in simple or complex matrices. Our activities have a special focus on innovative metabolomic approaches. We are seeking a dynamic, highly motivated and talented PhD candidate to join our research team for one position (4-years) ( ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> )

In the framework of collaborations with the Faculty of Medicine and the Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology (SCAHT), the candidate will develop new approaches aimed at providing a deeper insight into different mechanisms of toxicity and pathology. Research will mainly involve steroids (including estrogens), endocannabinoids and other signaling molecules as readouts to support decision-making in regulatory toxicology and risk assessment.

During the PhD period, the candidate will carry out the following activities: a) optimization of sample preparation protocols for different biological matrices, b) tuning or development of analytical methods mainly based on liquid chromatography (LC) coupled with high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) or tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) for untargeted and targeted metabolomic analyses; and c) analysis and interpretation of the obtained data in its biological context.

The selected candidate is expected to be involved in the teaching activities of the Analytical Sciences group with students following both undergraduate degree programs (B.Sc. in pharmaceutical sciences and M.Sc. in pharmacy). Candidates should also actively participate in dissemination activities concerning the outcomes of their research (meetings with research partners, preparation of papers, presentation of results on a regular basis in national and international conferences).

The position is conditional upon the applicant being accepted into the doctoral program “Life Sciences” of the University of Geneva. To this end, applicants should possess a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, (Bio)Chemistry or related disciplines. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project and of metabolomics itself, the applicants should have a strong ability to work as a part of a team.

Titre et compétences exigés

The candidates should have excellent communication and writing skills in English. Being able to teach in French will be considered as a plus.

Entrée en fonction

The start date is expected to be October 1st , 2020; the position will remain open until filled.


Mrs Marilyn Barja-Zlassi

E-mail: marilyn.barja-zlassi

Tel: 0041 (0)22 379 64 84

Informations complémentaires

Please send (1) your CV, (2) copy of University degrees, (3) a short letter explaining your interest in the project and the reasons for undertaking a PhD study, and (4) names and complete addresses of two referees to Prof. Serge Rudaz by using the application platform of the University of Geneva.

L’Université de Genève offre des conditions d’engagement motivantes dans un cadre de travail stimulant. En nous rejoignant, vous aurez l’occasion de mettre en valeur vos compétences ainsi que votre personnalité et contribuer activement au rayonnement d’une Institution fondée en 1559.

Dans une perspective de parité, l’Université encourage les candidatures du sexe sous-représenté.


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 48300.

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