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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 Particles-Biology Interactions is a highly motivated team of biologists and chemists with core competences in cell- and molecular biology, material science and chemistry. We possess many years of experience and expertise in nanosafety, including particle uptake, accumulation, translocation across biological barriers and their bio-responses. We collaborate with industries and regulatory bodies. To enforce our team we are looking for a:

Scientific Collaborator in Nanosafety (80 – 100%)

Your tasks
You will be member of the core team building up and operating a national and independent contact point for the safe handling of nanomaterials, regulation and knowledge transfer. This «Contact Point Nano.ch» is to combine the scientific and regulatory expertise available in Switzerland – from production and application to disposal – and to convey high-quality information to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and start-up businesses in a customized and efficient way.

Your profile

We are looking for motivated and proactive candidates with a high interest in operating such an office and to work as a member of a small team. You possess at least a Master degree in nanoscience, in life sciences or a similar education, a broad background in engineered nanomaterials (ENM), nanosafety, nano-bio-interactions, regulation and safe handling of ENMs. You have excellent communications skills, are well-structured, able to handle a website and social media accounts as well as organizing workshops and are fluent in German and French.


We provide an interdisciplinary assignment in a modern and innovative environment. The work will be carried out at Empa St. Gallen. The position will be available from April 2018 with a planned project duration of two years.

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Peter Wick, phone +41 58 765 7684, 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 motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details 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.