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.
Empa's Laboratory for Advanced Fibers is offering a position within the Plasma & Coating group for a 2-3 year
Post-Doc or Scientist (100%) in the field of Plasma-Chemical Deposition Processes
Plasma-chemical deposition processes allow for the controlled functionalization of material’s surfaces at the nanoscale. The research includes, but is not limited to, in-depth studies of plasma processes to achieve high control over film chemistry and nanostructure at moderate ion bombardment, building on the extensive experience and leading know-how of the group. Improved understanding based on plasma diagnostics and surface analytics will pave the way to coat soft materials as well as to deposit functional multilayers to attain novel surface properties. An important part of the work considers the interaction of plasma-modified surfaces with water as well as metal-polymer bonding, which is highly relevant in the biomedical and other fields.

Desired qualifications

You have a Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, materials science or similar. Ideally, you bring sound knowledge in surface science and/or plasma technology. Creation of own ideas and strong self-motivation is highly desired. Candidates with demonstrated research skills and good publication records will be considered. Fluency in English is required, further knowledge of German (or another language spoken in Switzerland) is a plus. To be considered as a scientist, prior experience of 2-3 years as Post Doc is necessary.


You will work in an ambitious team combining strong experience in plasma technology, basic research, and established industry contacts.
Scientific exchange within the group as well as with further scientists from Empa and other institutes is encouraged.


The appointment is foreseen to start in fall 2021, the working place is St. Gallen.

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Dirk Hegemann dirk.hegemann@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s402 and see our Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, your CV, a list of publications, diplomas with transcripts and names of academic 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.