Roche Postdoctoral Fellowship (RPF) – Agonistic antibodies (from March, 24 months)

Schweiz, Zürich, Zurich

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The Position

As postdoctoral fellow in the Large Molecules Research (LMR) department located in Schlieren (Zurich), Switzerland, you will be driving a project that addresses the generation of antibodies that should induce agonistic activity on defined immune-receptors.

The aim of this project is to evaluate different routes and methodologies for the targeted delivery and assembly of immune activating compounds.

You will:

  • Generate the tools and antigens for the antibody generation campaigns against those receptors.
  • Perform in vitro display antibody selection.
  • Characterize the antibodies in vitro by SPR and FACS.
  • Characterize the putative therapeutic molecules in cellular activity assays.
  • Organize and pursue the interactions between all partners involved.
  • Present data at internal and external meetings.

This position is sponsored by the Roche Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (RPF) and is initially set for two years, extension for a third year is possible.

Who you are

You are someone who wants to influence your own development. You are flexible, proactive, creative and detail-oriented, and have top teamwork competency but can also work highly independent.


You fit those requirements:

  • A recent PhD in biochemistry/biotechnology (max 3 years after completing PhD)
  • Extensive practical knowledge in molecular biology, with some focus on phage display or related in vitro display technologies.
  • High competency and technical affinity to maintain sophisticated lab equipment.
  • Prior experience in cell based biological assays.
  • Proven ability to present and publish research data.
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills / ability to build good working relations.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English. German language is a plus.

The anticipated start date of this fellowship is 1st March 2020. Please clearly indicate your preferred starting date on your motivation letter. All applications always need to include a CV, motivation letter and a certificate of your PhD (if already available).

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