The Laboratory for Air Pollution / Environmental Technology has an opening for a
The project is aimed at the development of a high-precision, mid-IR spectrometer based on quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) for real-time multispecies human breath analysis with special focus on applications for diseases of the respiratory system. It involves intense collaboration with the University Children’s Hospital Zurich (Prof. A. Möller) within the umbrella of University Medicine Zurich's flagship project 'Zurich Exhalomics'.
The project will leverage on novel multi-wavelength and broadly tunable quantum cascade lasers and targets a benchtop instrument, capable to detect multiple volatile organics compounds in breath samples.
Job description, responsibilities and tasks
Develop a mid-IR laser spectrometer for the analysis of VOCs
Implement a suitable gas sampling/handling system
Coordinate and participate in the medical trials at UZH/Kispi
Write peer-reviewed publications and promote the results at international conferences
PhD in physics or a related discipline
Solid background in optics, laser spectroscopy, and electronics
Experience in experimental research and the ability to conduct independent scientific work
Programming skills (eg. LabView, Python, C++)
Fluency in English is required; basic oral expression skills in German are desirable
The position is available from July 2020 and will remain open until filled.