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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.
Empa’s Center for X-ray Analytics and the Laboratory for Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles  are offering a
PhD position: Designing Hierarchical Responsive Nanofibers for Controlled Delivery of Drugs

This interdisciplinary PhD project combines chemistry, material sciences, biology and X-ray diffraction and scattering studies. The aim is to apply electrospinning technology to design smart and responsive nanofibers with incorporated liquid crystalline particles, mesosomes. SAXS and XRD studies will be extensively used for structural analysis of nanoparticles in polymeric environments. The project will lead to fabrication of new functional biomimetic membranes with enhanced drug delivery properties. Synergies with microscopy methods such as TEM and other X-ray based methods such as X-ray µ-Computed Tomography (µ-CT) or Phase Contrast Imaging (XPCI) will be used.


Your Tasks

  • Develop and carry out fundamental research focusing on the interactions of mesosomes with polymers in solution and structural optimization within polymer matrix
  • Leverage the synergies of the interdisciplinary project at the interface of material science and biology being in constant exchange with our collaboration partners
  • Publish results in high impact journal and present your work at international conferences

Desired profile


We offer a challenging position at a materials research institution with outstanding infrastructure and an interdisciplinary surrounding. You can expect significant support and guidance from established scientists during the whole of your project.
Project duration of 3 years is planned in order to carry out the above research tasks. The project is supported by Empa and EU, and the candidate will perform his/her research at Empa in St. Gallen. Desired starting date is 1st of March 2018 or upon mutual agreement.

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Amin Sadeghpour, amin.sadeghpour@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s499 and www.empa.ch/web/s401and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, copies of diplomas with transcripts and names and addresses of references. 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.