The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zurich invites
applications for a
Professorship in Muscle Plasticity
located at Orthopaedic University
The professorship, envisaged to be established jointly
with ETH Zurich, is expected to perform research with
an emphasis on muscle plasticity that should add to
the body of knowledge in regulation and modulation
of structural adaptation to imposed demands, growth,
atrophy, degeneration, regeneration and metabolic
activity. This includes assessment of the form and function of the entire muscle. Mechanisms of development
and growth of muscle, fat and connective tissue including the interaction of these different types of tissue
are to be evaluated. There is a focus on translational
aspects. The new knowledge should be transferred
to the treatment of orthopaedic patients, for instance
by adapting the type, technique and timing of surgical
or conservative treatment. The Professor in Muscle
Plasticity is expected to establish a research group with
a biological focus, closely interacting with the tendon
research group with an engineering approach, as well
as with clinical research groups at Balgrist Hospital
and related institutions. Both basic scientists as well as
MDs with adequate additional qualifications are encouraged to apply for this position.
The new Department of Health Sciences and Technology
at ETH Zurich ( www.hest.ethz.ch) invites applications for
a Professorship in Exercise Physiology. Exercise physiology studies acute responses and chronic adaptations of
the organism to physical activity under various conditions.
A critical question in this context is how the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems interact through
neural and endocrine mechanisms. This also includes mechanisms by which muscular functions can be tuned to prevent diseases and reduce or even reverse their progression.
Candidates should demonstrate an exceptional potential
to develop an innovative and collaborative research program focusing on muscular function at the crossroad of
various research areas such as biomechanics, biochemistry,
bioenergetics, cardiovascular and respiratory physiology,
neuroscience, endocrinology, metabolic homeostasis, and
physics. While the primary focus is on the human organism,
a systemic and synthetic approach through comparative
studies integrating animal and mathematical models is
of great importance at the interface between movement
sciences and sport, molecular health sciences, nutritional
biology, and medicine.
The successful candidate is expected to establish an interdisciplinary research group focused on exercise physiology.
Specific research topics may vary within this field, but the
research should follow a systemic, integrative approach,
comprising all levels of scientific analysis, from the molecular through the cellular to the whole body. Beside a formal
education in physiology, biology or a closely related discipline, the candidate should have a proven track record in
molecular and cellular techniques.
The finances for a basic research group will be provided,
as well as research space and infrastructure, to be
expanded in 2014 or 2015 (new research and development building). Access to technology platforms of ETH
Zurich and the University of Zurich (Functional Genomics
Centre, Imaging, Mass spectrometry etc.) is ensured.
Additional prerequisites are a strong motivation and an
undisputable commitment to undergraduate and graduate
student education. The professorship will be embedded in
the Department’s undergraduate and graduate program
in Health Sciences and Technology. The professor will be
expected to teach both undergraduate (in German or English) and graduate level courses (in English).
Please submit your application (in print form and on CD)
together with a curriculum vitae and a list of refereed
publications to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine,
Prof. Dr. Klaus Grätz, c/o Mrs. Julia Gysel, Pestalozzi-strasse 3, CH-8091 Zürich, Switzerland (or via e-mail to
email@example.com), no later than May 31st,
2011. The University of Zurich specifically encourages
qualified female candidates to apply.
The professorship, envisaged to be established jointly with
the University of Zurich, comes with several salary lines
for academic and technical assistants, start-up funds and
annual allocations to establish a world-class research program. Access to technology platforms of ETH Zurich and the
University of Zurich (Functional Genomics Centre, Imaging,
Mass spectrometry, etc.) is ensured.
The symposium will be held on September 1 (and 2),
2011, at the Auditorium of University Hospital Balgrist,
Forchstrasse 340, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland.
Please apply online at www.facultyaffairs.ethz.ch. Your
application should include your curriculum vitae and a list
of refereed publications. The letter of application should
be addressed to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Ralph
Eichler. The closing date for applications is May 31, 2011.
With a view towards increasing the number of female professors, ETH Zurich specifically encourages qualified female
candidates to apply.