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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Medicinal Chemistry

ETH Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland
Closing date
25 Feb 2023

Job Details

The Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences ( at ETH Zurich invites applications for the above-mentioned position.

The new assistant professor will be expected to build a successful, internationally recognized group in the area of medicinal or pharmaceutical chemistry, the scientific discipline that encompasses the development of new molecules into medicines. Specifically, she or he will establish a cutting-edge research programme in the discovery, design and/or synthesis of innovative molecules that interfere with disease mechanisms. The programme may involve novel classes of molecules comprising for example, small molecules, peptides, oligoribonucleotides, protein degraders and natural products. The research will ideally provide opportunities to perform translational activities in collaboration and also show a potential for entrepreneurial spin-off. Collaborations with the pharma and/or biotech sectors are highly encouraged. Together, the research programme will contribute to major strategic focus areas of ETH Zurich, those of research and teaching in the fields of translational medicine, personalized medicine and life sciences.

The professorship will be embedded in the department’s programme in pharmaceutical sciences, located in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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 that of other top international universities.

ETH Zurich is an equal opportunity and family-friendly employer, values diversity, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.


Please apply online using the link below

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of future research and teaching interests, a description of the leadership philosophy, a description of the three most important achievements, and the names of three references. The letter of application should be addressed to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Joël Mesot. The closing date for applications is 31 March 2023.



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