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PhD position: ETonFARM - Non-surgical porcine embryo transfer in Zürich

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100%, Zurich, fixed-term

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specializing in science and technology. At the Institute of Agricultural Science, the Animal Physiology Group addresses challenges in the study of embryomaternal communication and the application of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in livestock and wildlife.


Project background

Assisted reproductive technologies usage in pigs is still underdeveloped due to the challenging female anatomy of the reproductive tract and compromised embryo survival rates. The current practices are lacking practical and non-laborious methods for producing piglets using ART. This project aims to develop a feasible embryo production (EP) scheme in pigs that allow the use of sows of high genetic merit.

Job description

The study partially funded by Federal Agency for Agriculture (Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft, BLW) comprises a cooperation approach between ETH Zurich, SUISAG (Swiss pig farming industry) and Minitube (a world-wide leading supplier of systems for the field of assisted animal reproduction) in which we will develop an automatable warming system for vitrified embryos as well as a non-surgical ET procedure performed at the site of the recipient female on-farm.

Your profile

You are an early experienced, highly motivated young researcher with a strong enthusiasm to conduct cutting-edge research in the interdisciplinary field of porcine ART. Furthermore, you have completed a master degree in agricultural sciences/veterinary sciences/molecular biotechnology medicine or a related discipline. Previous laboratory experience in cell and/or embryo culture is required. You have the ability to work independently in an interdisciplinary research environment. Very good knowledge of spoken and written English is essential.

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We offer

We offer a very well-equipped facilities and resources at ETH Zurich, SUISAG and Minitube in a working environment of an experienced dynamic research group. You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and animal facilities. Publication activities and participations at international conferences are promoted.

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In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.
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We look forward to receiving your online application including:

  • a letter of motivation
  • detailed CV
  • certificates

Please address your application to: ETH Zurich, Prof. Susanne E Ulbrich, CH-8092 Zurich. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

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