Here are answers to some of the questions that we get frequently asked.
Q: Can we collaborate on doing a large-scale perturbation (RNAi of small compound) screen?
A: We are reluctant to such collaborations, as these type of experiments are a big effort and require major time and resource investments. We may in exceptional cases accept such a collaboration if the screen would be directly relevant for our own research. Our infrastructure is not a facility, and we do not have dedicated personnel to run our equipment as a service to others. In the Zurich area, there is an RNAi screening facility at the ETH Hönggerberg, and we advice you to contact them for such requests. Of course, we are always happy to give you advice. Please check the Protocols pull-down menu at the top of this page, which already give you detailed insight in how we carry out such screens.
Q: Can you analyse our images or data?
A: We are not an image or data analysis facility, so we would not do that. However, we do develop software that we make freely available to the community once it has been used in a publication. Please check the Software pull-down menu at the top of this page.
Q: Can you write me a reference letter?
A: I will be happy to write you a reference letter if I know you well and spent considerable time with you in a professional relationship. Short-term practical courses or attended lectures do not fit these criteria.
Q: Can I do a short- or long-term practicum in the lab?
A: We are very happy to have exceptionally motivated students spend a short or longer stay in the lab provided there is available desk and bench space. Please check the Student projects (BSc MSc PhD) for more details.
Q: Can I do a PhD in the group?
A: Yes, and you are very welcome to apply! However, the lab has limited available space for PhD students. If an opening is available, we will recruit a PhD student through the Life Science Zurich Graduate School system. Please check the Student projects (BSc MSc PhD) for guidelines on how to apply via this system.
Q: Can I apply to a postdoctoral position in the lab?
A: Yes, you are very welcome to apply! Our experience shows that you will be most successful in our lab if your motivation to apply comes from a fascination for the type of interdisciplinary science we do and from a drive to further advance that. Since we tend to address big and sometimes risky questions with unconventional approaches, you should have a desire to carry out such projects. Also, it will be necessary that you have at least one published paper in a peer-reviewed journal as well as two strong recommendation letters, one typically from your PhD supervisor.
Q: Can I be a visiting scientist in the lab?
A: Yes this is possible if we have available desk and bench space, and if the research topic during the visit is relevant for the research going on in the lab.
Q: What are the necessary steps to become a member of the lab?
A: Besides the points above, we deeply value the importance of team play. Given the multidisciplinary character of most projects, usually two or more people work together. It is therefore very important to know if you would be a good fit. Only then can you thrive in our research environment and be successful. We usually reserve one or two full days including a dinner and a seminar to allow sufficient time for you as well as for us to understand if our lab is the right place for you.