Empa - the place where innovation starts

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 Particles-Biology Interactions focuses on the characterization, understanding and steering of interactions between particulate materials and human cells and tissues. The Laboratory provides not only expertise in the interdisciplinary field of particle safety assessment but also concerning applications for industry, biomedicine as well as regulatory authorities.

We are offering a
Post-Doc position 80% for "cell-mediated particle delivery across biological barriers"
This research project aims to explore und steer immune cell-mediated particle delivery across the endothelial cell barrier. Therefore a microfluidic-based advanced human in vitro model has to be established allowing the study of particle uptake, transport and fate. Finally the biological effects shall be correlated with particle properties such as surface functionalization or size. In relation to this a literature survey has to be conducted that is foreseen to be published as a review article. You will acquire an in depth understanding of the interactions of materials with human advancedin vitro cell cultures. You will design, conduct and analyse scientific experiments in an interdisciplinary environment and in collaboration with other academic partners. In addition you will be involved in writing scientific publications, presenting results at national and international scientific meetings, leading projects and acquiring project funding.

We are looking for a well-organized, highly self-motivated, excellent candidate interested in nanosafety research. The candidate should hold a PhD degree in biology, life science or a related field with expert know-how in in vitro cell culture preferentially related to the vascular system. Furthermore, excellent writing skills are of great importance. Additional assets include experience in project management and acquisition as well as in student supervision.


We offer a highly interdisciplinary research environment with state of the art laboratory equipment to perform industrially relevant cutting-edge research. Our young and continuously growing team consists of experienced technicians, scientists, post docs as well as PhD and master students. We are active and successful in different areas of nanosafety as well as nanomedical research.


The position (80%) is available from November 2017 or after negotiation and will be initially limited to two years.

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Peter Wick, Empa, 9014 St. Gallen, Switzerland, email: peter.wick@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s403 and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of application, CV, statement of research interests, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of 2-3 potential 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.