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10 PhD Degree-Fully Funded at EMPA, Zurich, Switzerland

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EMPA, Zurich, Switzerland invites online Application for number of  Fully Funded PhD Degree at various Departments. We are providing a list of Fully Funded PhD Programs available at EMPA, Zurich, Switzerland.

Eligible candidate may Apply as soon as possible.


(01) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student in Microanalysis of Magnesium Biocorrosion

The performance, durability and sustainability of engineering materials, as applied in e.g. medical technologies and related sensing devices, critically depend on the (electro)chemical reactivity and passivation (surficial oxide formation) of the metal or alloy surface in its service environment. Within the frame of an FWF-SNF lead agency international collaboration, doctoral positions at Empa and at the Medical university of Graz in Austria will investigate Mg alloy biodegradation processes. To obtain a full understanding of the degradation mechanisms, the scientific challenge is to mimic with advanced in vitro methodologies, the environment-dependent (in contact with bone or tissues) in vivo degradation. For this purpose, the PhD students in Graz will gather information on in vivo implant corrosion and physiological parameters near the implant.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(02) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD student in the synthesis of polymeric materials

You will work on a research project in the field of novel dielectric elastic materials. The emphasis will be on synthesizing specially designed polymers and elastomers with improved dielectric properties. Additionally, their dielectric, mechanical, and electromechanical properties will be evaluated. You will be part of a strong team active at the forefront of elastomeric materials development.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(03) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Position in Scanning Probe Investigation of Carbon-based Quantum Spin Systems

We are looking for highly motivated and talented candidates with a strong experimental background in Solid State Physics, Surface Science or Physical Chemistry to take up a challenging PhD position in the area of low-dimensional carbon nanomaterials. This PhD project focuses on the on-surface synthesis of magnetic nanographenes with chemically controlled exchange coupling strengths and their characterization under ultrahigh vacuum conditions using state-of-the-art scanning probe methods such as scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy and non-contact atomic force microscopy.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(04) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Biomedical engineering PhD student (100%)

for an interdisciplinary project, which represents a collaboration among Empa’s groups Multi-omics for healthcare materials, Cell-/Tissue Materials Interactions and Tissue-Regenerative Soft Materials.The goal of the project is to develop innovative, material-based approaches for the reprogramming of immune cells and contribute to cutting-edge research work with a high translational value. Applications of this project extend to the design of combinatorial cancer treatments, support of chronic wound-healing and control of autoimmune conditions.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(05) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Ph.D. position titled: Digital twins for human exposure in the heat

Thermal environment management due to global warming, particularly heat stress, is growing in importance and poses a substantial risk to workers and general population worldwide. Therefore, detecting conditions resulting in heat stress is essential to become aware of the problem and take early mitigation measures to help prevent heat-related illness and maintain productivity. Thermal manikins or individual monitoring solutions coupled with sophisticated virtual models offer tools to predict human response in advance and recommend efficient mitigation measures before occurrence of the risk. In addition, validated dedicated models can serve as optimization tools for work environment, work organization, and protective clothing and equipment.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(06) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Ph.D. student on the development of innovative materials and construction technologies for net-zero concrete structures

Empa’s Structural Engineering Research Laboratory, together with the Technology and Society Laboratory, the Laboratory for Mechanical Systems Engineering, and the Laboratory for Joining Technologies & Corrosion, is offering the following position in the framework of a multidisciplinary research project sponsored by the Directorate of Empa:

Deadline :  July 1, 2022

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(07) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Ph.D. position on Post-Tensioned/Prestressed 3D Printed Concrete Slabs

In this Ph.D. project, an advanced floor slab system consisting of post-tensioned 3D printed concrete formwork and cast-in-place reinforced concrete topping will be developed. The project aims to use 3D printed concrete as permanent formwork for slabs in place of conventional temporary formwork made up of timber or steel. The 3D printed concrete will be post-tensioned using BBR cables to improve the structural performance of the formwork. In addition, topology optimization tools will be implemented to optimize the geometry of the formwork to manufacture slabs with free-form geometries. 

Deadline : July 1, 2022

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(08) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Position in Engineering of metal-polymer interfaces via atomic and molecular layer deposition for flexible applications

Thin films on polymers are omnipresent, from crisp packets to flexible electronics and satellite insulation. Yet restrictions in well-adhering coating-substrate combinations hinder the development of implantable medical devices, whilst crucial high-tech devices suffer from cracking and delamination, and non-recyclable large volume applications add to the growing threat of plastic pollution. Fundamentally, the metal-polymer interface complexly governs a materials’ ability to prevent cracking and remain functional when bent or stretched in use – and also offers widely unexplored mechanisms to tackle sustainability issues caused by the inseparability of metallization and substrate. This project follows an experimental approach, supported by theoretical calculations in specific aspects, to achieve a breakthrough in understanding and tailoring of interlinked interfacial-mechanical properties. The experimental approach comprises the purposeful modification of metal-polymer interfaces via artificial interlayers using a novel combined atomic/molecular layer and physical vapor deposition process. The resulting interfacial and mechanical properties will be studied as a function of interlayer thickness and chemistries, aiming at adhesion promotion without embrittlement and the potential to trigger delamination in post-application conditions.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(09) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: three PhD students in quantum heat engines

Three PhD positions are financed by a recently acquired ERC Starting Grant and SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowship. The overall aim of the project is to design, fabricate, and characterize quantum heat engines based on quantum dots formed from graphene nanoribbons, with as final goal to bring operation from cryogenic environments to ambient conditions. Quantum dots (QD) offer unique energy-filtering capabilities that can significantly enhance the conversion efficiency of quantum heat engines. Graphene nanoribbons (GNRs), atomically-precise narrow strips of graphene, are ideal QD candidates as they feature a bandgap that can be tuned by chemical design over an extremely broad range of energies, including those that are compatible with room temperature operation. The project is a collaboration with the nanotech@surfaces laboratory headed by Prof. Roman Fasel (Empa) for the synthesis of GNRs, and the computationally nanoelectronics group headed by Prof. Mathieu Luisier (ETHZ) for support with quantum chemistry calculations. The Quantum Devices group is part of the Transport at Nanoscale Interfaces Laboratory headed by Prof. Calame (Empa). To achieve its overall goal, the project consists of three related PhD projects, each having a specific aim and including to different levels the following activities: nanofabrication, characterization, modelling, and fundamental understanding.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(10) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Ph.D. Student on Skin Phantoms Designs and Fabrication

In this project, we will focus on the design and fabrication of an artificial skin model, a skin model mimicking the thermal and optical properties of the human skin.This model will be based on a multilayered / multimaterials model divided into two layers mimicking the epidermis and dermis. A secondary objective will be to use this model to investigate the behavior of photothermal particles by means of inclusions implementation. Selected photothermal particles (PTP) will be introduced into the human skin by inclusion technology. The introduction of PTP under the shape of liquid droplets will simulate their accumulation into the hair bulbs. A local change in temperature will be triggered and simulate the possibility to destroy the hair bulbs by local heating.Such skin models can be envisaged for testing and validating an innovative permanent hair removal technology.

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 Swiss 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. For most of the period since its foundation in 1880, it concentrated on classical materials testing. Since the late 1980s it has developed into a modern research and development institute.




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