We are interested in transport mechanisms across the alveolar air-blood barrier. We are currently implementing a “artificial alveolus” microfluidics system to mimic the delicate architecture and cellular composition of the alveolar barrier in vitro. This includes:


  • -        engineering microfluidics devices
  • -        establishing cell culture conditions for co-culture of epithelial and endothelial cells in air-liquid conditions
  • -        characterizing the transport properties of the artificial alveolar barrier
  • -        single cell microscopy applications to follow cellular transport across the alveolar barrier

What we are looking for:

We are looking for a highly motivated and dedicated BS or MS student with a background in biology, biochemistry, molecular medicine or biotechnology to join our lab. Applicants should have a strong interest in at least one of the following microfluidics, advanced microscopy, single-cell analysis, cell culture, cell signaling or related fields.

What we offer:

The applicant will join a highly motivated team and benefit from training in a broad spectrum of laboratory techniques (including primary cell culture, immunofluorescence, single cell fluorescence microscopy, molecular biology and electrophysiology). Additionally, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to present his/her results at international meetings an in peer-reviewed publications.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to PD Dr. Manfred Frick (manfred.frick(at) at the Institute of General Physiology.