University of Zurich seeks Academic Associate or Postdoc (veterinarian, biologist) (80-100%)

Academic Associate or Postdoc (veterinarian, biologist) (80-100%)
A position is available at the Vector Entomology Unit per July 1, 2017 (or by agreement).
The Vector Entomology Unit was launched in 2007 at the Institute of Parasitology, which
consists of several further research units (molecular parasitology, zoonoses and
translational research, veterinary parasitology). The Vector Entomology unit has a broad
research spectrum on various aspects of arthropod vectors (vector capacity, bionomics of
invasive mosquitoes and biting midges, development of novel identification tools,
epidemiology of vector-borne parasitoses). Our lab acts as the Swiss National Centre for
Vector Entomology (NZVE), as appointed by the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary
Office. Through its activities, the centre plays a central role in the early recognition of vectorborne
epizootics and zoonoses and provides expertise for the identification of arthropod
vectors in Switzerland. The NZVE engages in teaching as well as consulting for other
institutions active in the field of vector entomology.
The research focus of the successful applicant is flexible, along the general lines of the
group’s research and depending on his/her experience and interests. Priorities are hostpathogen
interactions (insect immune system) or ecology/control of insect vectors. The
incumbent is expected to raise external funds and to contribute to the National Centre’s
tasks. National and international collaborations should further be strengthened.
Applicants preferably hold a veterinary degree (veterinary dissertation or PhD), with a
background in entomology, infectious diseases or experimental research (strong molecular
biology training). Scientists with a doctorate in biology and with a background in
experimental or field entomology are also encouraged to apply. A strong interest in
experimental laboratory and/or field work is essential. A good command of English is
mandatory; good knowledge of German is a strong asset.
We offer a stimulating environment for entomological research, with an outstanding research
infrastructure (including spacious insect rearing facilities, access to BSL3). A senior
researcher has the opportunity to develop independent projects and further to establish an
own line of research in vector entomology. For a veterinarian, a residency of the European
college (EVPC) in the alternative training programme is an option.
The salary will be competitive, in accordance with the University’s guidelines.
Finances are guaranteed until end of 2019 in the frame of the NZVE, and a continuation for
another three years is expected.
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Prof. Alexander Mathis
Full applications (motivation letter, CV, publication list, name and addresses of two referees)
should be sent to the Institute’s secretariat (Institute of Parasitology, University of Zürich,
Winterthurerstr. 266a, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland) or electronically to

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