EMPA, Zurich, Switzerland announced PhD admission (Fully Funded) in various departments.

EMPA, Zurich, Switzerland, invites online Applications for several Fully Funded PhD Degrees at various Departments. We are providing a list of Fully Funded PhD Programs available at Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Zurich, Switzerland.

Eligible candidates may Apply as soon as possible.


(01) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD student for hybrid digital twins of building energy systems

We are looking for a PhD student with a strong analytical background and an outstanding MSc degree in Engineering, Control, Computer Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or a related field. The ideal candidate is proficient in both deep learning and building energy systems. Professional command of English (both written and spoken) is mandatory. The successful candidate shows enthusiasm for conducting original research and strives for scientific excellence.

Deadline: 30 November 2022

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(02) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in the field of carbon-based quantum materials

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong experimental background in materials chemistry, solid-state physics or nanoscience who wants to pursue cutting-edge research at a world-class level.  Within a large-scale project, we aim to develop carbon-based quantum materials for next-generation quantum technologies, focusing strongly on atomically precise graphene nanoribbons (GNRs). Within this project, you will work on the on-surface synthesis and characterization of GNRs with exotic properties (spin chains, topological quantum phases) that make them highly relevant for integration into quantum devices. To preserve GNR properties upon substrate transfer and device integration, you will investigate specific GNR edge modifications such as hydrogen passivation as chemical and electronic protection steps. Within this context, you will also develop Raman spectroscopy methodologies to characterize the edge modifications and benchmark the passivation strategies' quality, robustness and reversibility.

Deadline: Open until filled

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(03) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student for the Development of Safe and Sustainable by Design Methods

This PhD project in the European Doctoral Network MELOMANES aims to develop a Safe and Sustainable Design Methodology for biomedical applications based on a multidimensional safety and sustainability concept incorporating risk assessment and life cycle assessment (LCA). The developed methodology will be applied to the specific case of nanoparticles used for the treatment of melanoma. 

Deadline: Open until filled

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(04) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student advancing in vitro to in vivo assessments

In the context of the European project MACRAME, this PhD project aims to further develop the use of in vitro data in environmental and human risk assessment and life cycle assessment. In alignment with the EU strategies to secure the safety and sustainability of enabling and emerging technologies, the MACRAME Project focuses on the development of methodologies that apply to “Advanced Materials” and that are aligned with future-oriented innovation, safety and sustainability considerations. This will be achieved in close collaboration with the project partners. 

Deadline: Open until filled

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(05) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Biomedical PhD Student (100%)

The main objective of the project is to establish a vascularized glioblastoma-on-a-chip model to assist in the prediction of the patient response to treatment, screen for anti-cancer therapeutics, and to evaluate novel drug-delivery systems. In this way, we generate a relevant alternative to complement animal models used for drug development.

Deadline: Open until filled

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(06) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student position in the field of thin-film solar cells

We are looking for a student motivated to contribute to developing thin-film CIGS photovoltaic devices. The researcher in this position is responsible for fabricating and characterising solar cells and layers based on the CIGS material system. The researcher goals are to understand and overcome the limitations of devices based on new alloyed CIGS absorbers with high bandgap, explore the absorber processing limits and develop electrical contacts because of new applications such as bifacial and semi-transparent solar cells for tandem applications.

Deadline: Open until filled

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(07) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD students in the field of cementitious construction materials

The topic of the two 4 years PhD projects is the study of hydration mechanisms and properties of low-CO2 cement based on magnesium hydroxy carbonates (further details at https://www.empa.ch/web/s604/zementforschung-grant). The main objectives of PhD A include exploring the hydration mechanism through experiments and thermodynamic modelling, studying mechanical properties, volume changes and durability for a range of mortar and concrete mixtures based on these binders. PhD B will focus on the effect of different industrial by-products on the hydration mechanism and mechanical properties. We are looking for two creative and innovative persons with a Master's degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, Earth Sciences, Civil Engineering or related fields. You have experience with X-ray diffraction analysis, thermogravimetry, scanning electron microscopy, vibrational spectroscopy, and analysis of aqueous solutions and the knowledge of cement hydration as well as a strong background in materials science and good skills in the design and operation of experimental setups are an advantage. In addition, you have excellent verbal and written knowledge of the English language.

Deadline: Open until filled

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About Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Zurich, Switzerland – Official Website

The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology is an interdisciplinary research institute for applied materials sciences and technology. As part of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology Domain, it is an institution of the Swiss federation. It concentrated on classical materials testing for most of the period since its foundation in 1880. Since the late 1980s, it has developed into a modern research and development institute.


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