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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.
To strengthen our activities in the department 'Materials meet Life' we are looking for a
Junior Group Leader in X-ray based analytical research (SAXS focussed) related to biomedical applications
This Junior research position will focus on analytical sciences based on a strong exchange with different laboratories of Empa's department 'Materials meet Life': the Center for X-ray Analytics and the Laboratories 'Biomimetic Textiles and Membranes' and 'Biointerfaces'. We will establish an analytical platform for investigating interface phenomena for nano-materials in a biological environment, with focus on small angle scattering and (SAXS) diffraction (WAXS) combined with imaging techniques.

The leadership of a junior research group will enable you to realize and to extend your own research project in the biomedical domain. In this position, you have the possibility to develop an international scientific profile and to obtain a permanent position after successful evaluations after 2 and 4 years.


The Center for X-ray Analytics has a unique expertise and infrastructure in one laboratory combining X-ray diffraction (XRD), scattering (SAXS) and 3D imaging (XCT, XPCI) on vari-ous lengths scales. Our core activities in the development of X-ray based methods relate to soft matter such as polymers and complex biological systems with applications in the medical domain. We focus on studies under various non-ambient environmental condi-tions (4D) elucidating structure dynamics (www.empa.ch/web/s499).

You will collaborate closely with the laboratories 'Biomimetic Textiles and Membranes' (www.empa.ch/web/s401) and 'Biointerfaces' (www.empa.ch/web/s404) within the highly interdisciplinary department 'Materials meet Life', this provides you an ideal platform to develop your ideas further and to build your own research team.
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We offer a challenging executive position at a research institution with excellent infra-structure and broad interdisciplinary surrounding. The work will be carried out at Empa St. Gallen. Starting date: 1st of November 2022 or by agreement.
For further information about the position please contact Prof. Dr. Antonia Neels antonia.neels@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s499 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.

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