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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 group Biosensing and Functional Surfaces within the Transport at Nanoscale Interfaces Laboratory is offering a

PhD position on Machine learning augmented clinical level imaging of cells related to pathological diseases

Empa’s group of biosensing and functional surfaces is developing an unconventional imaging platform for reliable and rapid fingerprinting of pathological diseases by monitoring the shape, size and morphological changes occurring in cells and platelets. To this end, we will combine high resolution scanning probe microscopy with high throughput live cell imaging methodologies. The data obtained from these state-of-the-art techniques developed at Empa will be subjected to machine learning for supporting clinicians in making better prognosis of pathological diseases.


This interdisciplinary PhD project combines cell biology, liquid-based imaging techniques, biophysics and machine learning. This project is supported by Empa and will be conducted in collaboration with clinicians at the St Gallen Cantonal Hospital, Switzerland.


For this project we seek a highly motivated candidate with a background in cell or molecular biology, biophysics and keen interest for bio-imaging.

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The successful candidate will participate in scientific collaborations within Empa and work in an international and multidisciplinary environment.


The candidate will conduct research mainly at Empa Dubendorf labs and partly at the Empa St. Gallen labs. The desired starting data is 1st of September 2019 or upon mutual agreement. A project duration of 3 years is planned in order to carry out the above research tasks in form of a PhD thesis.

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Peter Nirmalraj peter.nirmalraj@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s405 and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of three referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

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