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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 Empa Laboratory of Cellulose & Wood Materials invites applications for a scientist or postdoc to develop biopolymer-based alternative leather materials.
Scientist or Postdoc position on alternative leather materials
Together with our team of experienced scientists and industry partners, you will synthetize polymers from biorefinery building blocks and prepare composites and fibers for the textile industry. This project brings together a new generation of green and sustainable fillers and polymers for the preparation of leather alternatives with higher durability and mechanical properties than the commercially available synthetic leathers. The project is financed by Innosuisse and brings together Empa, a start-up and a large Swiss Industrial textile company. Combining fundamental and applied science, the goal is to develop high functional and commercially relevant material solutions. We envisage that the generated knowledge will advance the use of sustainable resources for the production of leather alternatives. We also foresee that the developments will demonstrate the potential to reduce carbon emission and water consumption compared to "natural leather" production and contribute to substitute the fossil-based polymer composites with bio-based sustainable alternatives.

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We are an international team dedicated to advance the development of a new generation of active, sustainable and highly functional biomaterials using cellulose and wood as material resources. We offer a challenging position (two years with possible extension) in a research institution in the Zürich area with outstanding infrastructure and within a broadly interdisciplinary setting. Applications are open immediately and the starting date is May 2023 or upon mutual agreement.
For further information about the position please contact Dr Gilberto Siqueira  gilberto.siqueira@empa.ch or Dr Gustav Nyström gustav.nystroem@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/cwmlab 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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