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Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally-networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). It conducts research to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.

The Department of Environmental Toxicology (Utox) of Eawag is offering a position for a

Postdoctoral Researcher in Behavioral/Molecular Toxicology

The increasing occurrence of contaminants in aquatic ecosystems has become an environmental issue of global concern. Yet, mechanisms of toxicity and molecular targets are unknown for most contaminants, complicating the prediction of their impact on aquatic biota and aquatic ecosystems. We aim to elucidate molecular mechanisms of toxicity of a wide range of contaminants using the zebrafish as model, which is amenable for the mechanistic dissection of complex processes. In our lab, we are combining molecular tools with behavioral analysis and imaging techniques to further our mechanistic understanding of the effects of environmental contaminants on aquatic organisms.

The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in developing a new approach to identify molecular targets and toxicity pathways of a given chemical. A key step in this approach will be to establish a method to sort zebrafish larvae into different sensitivity classes after chemical exposure based on their behavioral output. Further molecular analysis will be done using mainly transcriptome profiling techniques. The duration of this employment is initially for two years with the possibility for extension. The starting date is as soon as possible.

We are looking for a motivated scientist holding a PhD with experience in working with zebrafish and in behavioral analysis. A strong interest in environmental toxicology, experience in transcriptomics, molecular biology and robust statistical and computational skills will be a strong plus. Creativity and independent thinking are critical requirements for this project.

Eawag offers a unique research and working environment and is committed to promoting equal opportunities for women and men and to support the compatibility of family and work. Applications from women are especially welcome. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult and

For further information about the position and the project please contact:
Dr Colette vom Berg-Maurer, Email

The closing date for applications is 31 May 2017. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Your application should include a CV, a motivation letter and the names and contact information of three references.

We look forward to receive your application through this webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. Please click on the link below, this will take you directly to the application form.

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