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Postdoc Fellow in Lung-on-Chip Modelling

University of Bern

Closing Date
WorkplaceBern, Murtenstrasse 50, Bern region, Switzerland
Duration2 years (+ possible extension)
Occupation rate100%
Job Start1.10.2019

The Organs-on-Chip Technologies (OOC) Lab at the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research of the University of Bern has an open position for a Postdoc Fellow in Lung-on-Chip Modelling to strengthen its lung diseases-on-chip program (initially for 2 years, possible extension).

The OOC Lab focuses on the development of advanced in-vitro models of the lung and its diseases. Our work takes place at the interface of engineering, microtechnologies, cell biology and material sciences. We maintain a close collaboration with our spin-off AlveoliX AG and the Lung Clinics of the University Hospital of Bern.


The postdoctoral researcher will initially be involved in the development of an advanced inhalation model for drug discovery, based on the lung-on-chip technology and investigate the effect of breathing movements on nanoparticle toxicity. In a second phase, he/she will establish a new COPD/emphysema model-on-chip. The successful candidate will work towards high-impact publications, have a strong interest in technology-driven projects and enjoy supervising MSc and PhD students.


We are looking for an exceptional applicant with the following qualifications:

  • Applicants must hold a PhD with a solid research background in advanced cell biology, molecular biology and imaging.
  • Expertise in advanced cell culture and molecular biology is required.
  • Expertise in lung physiology and lung diseases (COPD, emphysema) is an asset.
  • Expertise with organs-on-chip or microfluidic chips is an advantage.
  • Strong publication record of scientific results in peer-reviewed journals is expected.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required.

Personal skills: The applicant must have a creative and committed personality, good organizational skills, the ability to work autonomously, but willing to perform and interact efficiently within a multidisciplinary team.

We offer

  • A friendly, stimulating, international and multidisciplinary environment
  • A salary defined by the guidelines of the University of Bern
  • A workplace in Bern, Switzerland’s capital, known for its high quality of life and surrounded by beautiful nature, perfect for hiking, biking, swimming and winter sports.

Contact and Address

To apply for this position please send a letter of motivation, your CV, a publication list and the contact details of two references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number, letter of recommendation) in a single pdf document to job.oocartorg.unibe.ch .

The review of the applications will start immediately and close August 23 rd 2019 . For more information, visit our website and for questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Olivier Guenat.



0041 (0)31 632 76 08


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