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Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.
The Laboratory for Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles is seeking a
PhD Student in the area of (Bio-)Mechanical Engineering / Electrical Engineering

This PhD project will be performed in collaboration with the Sensory-Motor Systems Lab of Prof. Robert Riener of ETH Zürich and aims at developing a textile-based joint stabilization device to dampen involuntary movements of hands and arms.


The tasks of the PhD student will be focused on the study of involuntary movements typical for Parkinson’s disease and the development of a method for early detection of such tremors. The joint stabilization device will be developed using state-of-the-art textile technologies like laser welding and textile-based sensors for an unobtrusive and compliant system with optimized interface to the human body and skin-friendliness. The candidate will present the results in scientific publications and at national and international scientific conferences.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a strong background in (bio-)mechanics and engineering and an affinity to medical and physiological questions. The candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team and we expect a strong self-motivation to learn new topics develop innovative ideas. The PhD candidate shall be proficient in spoken and written English and have a Master's degree in Engineering. Previous experiences with human physiology are a bonus, but not required.


The work will be carried out at Empa St. Gallen. The position will be available from October 2017 with a planned project duration of three to four years.

For further Information please contact Prof. René Rossi (phone +41 58 765 7765, e-mail: rene.rossi@empa.ch) or Martin Camenzind (phone: +41 58 765 7342, e-mail: martin.camenzind@empa.ch) and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s401 and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application. Applications should be accompanied by a CV, a list of publications, a letter of motivation, diplomas with transcript  and addresses of two referees.  Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

Empa, Esther Zürcher, Human Resources, Lerchenfeldstrasse 5, 9014 St. Gallen, Switzerland.