Hochschule Luzern
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Research Associate - BIOTESC Operator 100%

Hochschule Luzern
School of Engineering and Architecture
Closing Date
WorkplaceHorw/Lucerne, Central Switzerland, Switzerland
Occupation rate100%

Hochschule Luzern, is a leading institution in education and sciences in central Switzerland. It offers application-oriented Bachelor- and Master courses as well as programs for advanced education. The School of Engineering and Architecture is one of 5 departments of the Hochschule Luzern, which employs 1’600 people and educates 10’800 students in total.

The Institute of Medical Engineering is part of the Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture. Its main activity is focused on research and education in the field of medical engineering.
The Institute of Medical Engineering maintains in addition the Biotechnology Space Support Center (BIOTESC) as part of the User Support and Operations Center (USOC) of the European Space Agency ESA. Tasks of the center include providing the necessary infrastructure and support to scientists, conducting biological experiments in the European space laboratory "COLUMBUS" of the International Space Station ISS. Furthermore, the BIOTESC center is responsible for the implementation of the operational products as well as for the support of astronauts while executing the associated biological experiments onboard the ISS from our integrated Control Room.

To complement the BIOTESC team and to support the teaching staff involved in the medical engineering study course we are looking for a motivated:

Research Associate – BIOTESC Operator 100%


  • Preparation of experiment scenario and documentation for on orbit payloads
  • Development of Astronaut instructions based on experiment documentation
  • Planning and conduction of ground test to evaluate the experiment scenario
  • Coordination of interdisciplinary teams
  • Support of Astronaut training
  • Support to planning and execution of on orbit operations
  • Participation in simulations to achieve ESA certification
  • depending on feasibility and qualification additionally supervision of Industrial Projects and Bachelor theses within the Medical Engineering curriculum desired
  • Weekend duties will be required occasionally


  • Master degree or higher in Engineering (Medical-, Electrical- or Mechanical Engineering)
  • Professional experience in Medtech industry desirably in at least one of following fields: product development, production, quality and regulatory affairs or clinical trials
  • Willingness to travel (short trips, mostly within Europe)
  • Fluency in English and German
  • Coordination and planning skills
  • Team player with excellent communication skills
  • Motivation to learn new things and ability to think outside of the box

We offer

  • Dedicated education provided by the European Space Agency ESA
  • Unique international and interdisciplinary work environment
  • Possibility to take advantage of the advanced education programs of the Hochschule Luzern
  • Fascinating technical and science projects connected to human space flights


For further information, please contact Dr. Bernd Rattenbacher, Telephone +41 41 349 36 19, E-Mail bernd.rattenbacherhslu.ch
Applications close on 12. April 2019


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