Department for Adult Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

PostDoc in Neuropsychiatry and Biomarkers 50 - 80 %

Start of employment as soon as possible upon selection (aim 1 August)

Our research focuses on the early stages of cognitive decline, delirium and persisting neuropsychiatric syndromes in late adulthood and old age. Our main goals are to 1) better understand the pathophysiological mechanisms associated with neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric disorders, and their relevance for the clinical manifestations and the course of disease, 2) identify and validate biomarkers for prediction, early detection and differential diagnosis of cognitive impairment and related neuropsychiatric symptoms and 3) identify risk factors and protective factors of cerebral aging to assess risk and develop approaches for prevention and treatment.

The current projects focus on the integration of multi-omics data with clinical data from an existing cohort as well as a multi-centric cohort with ongoing recruitment and follow-up. The project includes several collaborations with local and international groups and labs.

Your responsibilities

The successful candidate will take a leading role in statistical and methodological approaches as well as substantially contribute to the scientific output of the group by publishing in peer-reviewed journals and by presenting results at international conferences. Additionally, the candidate will supervise graduate and master students and will be trained in study related tasks (basic lab work, help with MRI scanning, biobanking).

Your profile

  • PhD and/or expertise in data science, bioinformatics, biostatistics, neurosciences, and pathophysiology
  • Advanced knowledge with statistical data modelling (single-omics and multi-omic data integration, multivariate statistics including PCA, linear mixed effects models, etc.) is necessary
  • Excellent scientific track record, including at least one publication as first author in a good quality, peer reviewed international journal
  • Experience in the field of Alzheimer's disease and/or neurodegenerative diseases and in biomarker discovery is also highly desired
  • Commitment and capacity to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team and multiple local and international collaborations
  • Interest on clinical research
  • Excellent communication skills in English (spoken and written); German desirable

What we offer

Work-Life Balance
  • Flexible working models (such as part-time positions, mobile working, job-sharing)
  • Childcare at the kihz foundation of UZH and ETH

Learning and Development
  • Wide range of continuing education courses of UZH and the Canton of Zurich
  • Language Center run jointly with ETH Zurich

  • Food and drinks at reduced prices in the UZH cafeterias
  • Lunch-Check-card with UZH contribution

  • Special conditions on the Academic Sports Association ASVZ
  • Free seasonal flu vaccinations
  • Rest and relaxation at the quiet room in the university tower

  • Private traffic: Carsharing, rent a vehicle, parking space
  • Digitalization: Hardware, software, mobile phone subscriptions
  • Special conditions on hotel reservations

Conditions of Employment
  • Policies of the UZH
  • Most UZH staff are employed according to public law

International Services
  • Support for people from outside Switzerland

  • Campuses Zurich City, Zurich Irchel, Oerlikon and Schlieren
  • Sites Zurich West, Old Botanical Garden, Botanical Garden and Lengg


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