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Research Assistant (m/f/d)


Throughout the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in Switzerland, we have been actively monitoring wastewater for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA. Our work has led to time series data on SARS-CoV-2 RNA concentrations in wastewater from six wastewater treatment plants across Switzerland, translation of the data into wastewater-derived effective reproduction numbers, and time series data on SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern from wastewater. We are also actively working on faster, sequence-independent approaches for detection of Variants of Concern in wastewater.

Within this context, we are developing and applying methods for detection, quantification and sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 and related infectious disease agents in wastewater. The advertised position is a laboratory position, focused on laboratory work to support the collection and analysis of this data, logistical support for sample and data collection, and expanding the methods to other pathogens or SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern. Some effort may be devoted transferring knowledge to relevant stakeholders. Data obtained are integrated into publically available online dashboards. The goal of the project is to advance environmental surveillance of wastewater to inform trajectory of SARS-CoV-2 and related pathogens in Switzerland.

If you are excited about this topic, and you hold a laboratory technician degree, M.Sc. or equivalent experience, e.g. from industry or as member of a research laboratory team, in microbiology, molecular biology, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, public health, or related field, you are invited to apply. Prior experience working in a biological or microbiological laboratory is necessary. Experience in virology or molecular methods, including RNA/DNA extraction and qPCR/dPCR is beneficial.

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8600 Dübendorf [CH]