PhD Student in "Nanostructured Light-activated Antimicrobial Materials" (a)

von: EMPA | Ort: St. Gallen


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Subas Scheibler, Particles-Biology Interactions

PhD Student in "Nanostructured Light-activated Antimicrobial Materials" (a)

Materials science and technology are our passion. With our cutting-edge research, Empa's around 1,100 employees make essential contributions to the well-being of society for a future worth living. Empa is a research institution of the ETH Domain.
In the Particles-Biology Interactions Lab, we are a highly motivated team of biologists and chemists producing nanomaterial-based solutions for diagnostics and therapeutics driven by clinical needs. We are active in:

  • Provide key contributions to novel personalized strategies of particles design for drug delivery, imaging or diagnosis 
  • Characterize and understand the interaction of particulate materials with cells or tissues
  • Pioneered investigations on particle bio-functionalization, particles uptake, accumulation, translocation across biological barriers and their bioresponses.
Your tasks
  • Design and prepare light-activated nanostructures
  • Design and Integrate the nanomaterials in polymeric matrices
  • Conduct morphological, structural and functional studies on the coatings
  • Conduct antibacterial and antiviral studies on the coating
  • Study the interaction of the antimicrobial coatings with human in vitro models
  • Participate in writing scientific publications and presenting data at national and international scientific conferences
Your profile
  • Master's degree in Chemistry, Material Chemistry or Biology
  • Proficient English skills (spoken and written)
  • Interested in working in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Highly motivated team player who is dynamic and curious
  • Previous experience in one or more of the following topics: Nanomaterial synthesis, spectrophotometric analysis and microbiology
Our offer
The work will be carried out at Empa St. Gallen under the supervision of Dr. Giacomo Reina. The PhD student will be affiliated at ETH Zürich (Prof. Peter Wick).
«a» stands for «all» in our job advertisements. We live a culture of inclusion and respect. We welcome all people who are interested in innovative, sustainable and meaningful activities – that's what counts.
We look forward to receiving your complete online application including a letter of motivation, CV, certificates, diplomas and contact details of two reference persons. Please submit these exclusively via our job portal. Applications by e-mail and by post will not be considered.

Bereichspersonalleiterin / HR Partner



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