The Department of Health Sciences and Technology ( at ETH Zurich invites applications for the above-mentioned position. The professorship aims to apply engineering principles to the study of the immune system and the development of novel methods for its direct modulation. The professor is expected to provide leadership in the design, characterisation and application of novel biomaterials for the use in regenerative medicine, with a specific focus on engineering solutions to control the host response.

Applicants should have a strong background in immunology/immunoengineering, as inflammation is considered an over-arching factor governing the effective function of biomaterials, especially to support de novo tissue generation. Elucidating the processes governing activation of the innate host immune response by biomaterials will provide targets for material modification for eventual application in new therapeutic treatments. The successful candidate has a deep knowledge of the interplay of biomaterials, systemic factors and cellular pathways governing foreign body response. A demonstrated expertise in the selection and/or modification of biomaterials and application of immune response control in the context of guided tissue regeneration are key qualities for the position. Proven excellence in the use of novel model systems would enhance the applicant's profile, for example bioreactor systems and organ-on-chip models for the study of systemic interactions and downstream effects and/or large-scale computational biology methods. At the assistant professor level commitment to teaching and the ability to lead a research group are expected.

Assistant professorships have been established to promote the careers of younger scientists. ETH Zurich implements a tenure track system equivalent to other top international universities.

Please apply online.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and projects, a statement of future research and teaching interests, and a description of the three most important achievements. The letter of application should be addressed to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Lino Guzzella. The closing date for applications is 30 June 2018. ETH Zurich is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer and is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. We specifically encourage women to apply.

We appreciate you spreading the news if you know of deserving and interested candidates.

Best regards,
Stephen Ferguson

ETH Zurich

Prof. Stephen Ferguson, Ph.D.
Institute for Biomechanics
Hönggerbergring 64
8093 Zurich