Post-Doc or Scientist in the field of Non-equilibrium Plasma Chemical Processes (a)
Materials science and technology are our passion. With our cutting-edge research, Empa's around 1,100 employees make essential contributions to the well-being of society for a future worth living. Empa is a research institution of the ETH Domain.
Non-equilibrium plasma chemical processes efficiently utilize energies in the plasma to activate chemical bonds at low temperatures, offering great potential for plasma-based gas conversion beyond purely thermal activation. 
Your tasks

The research includes, but is not limited to, in-depth studies of plasma physical and chemical processes to achieve high control over the plasma activation, dissociation and formation of intermediates as well as the selective formation of stable gaseous and solid products. The work comprises the set-up of a novel plasma reactor with suitable diagnostics, building on the extensive experience and leading know-how of the group. We are aiming for an improved fundamental understanding of non-equilibrium plasma processes, contributing to the important field of chemical transformation of carbon-containing matter.

Desired qualifications

You have a Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, materials science or similar. Ideally, you bring sound knowledge in non-thermal plasma technology with a strong physical or chemical background. 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. You should be interested to develop and strengthen your academic record as well as your industrial network.

Our offer

Empa's Group Plasma & Coating in St.Gallen, Switzerland, is offering a position for 2 years.

«a» stands for «all» in our job advertisements. We live a culture of inclusion and respect. We welcome all people who are interested in innovative, sustainable and meaningful activities. That's what counts - not age, gender, origin, religion, sexual orientation, etc.
We look forward to receiving your complete online application including a letter of motivation, your CV, a list of publications, diplomas with transcripts, and names of academic referees.Please submit these exclusively via our job portal. Applications by e-mail and by post will not be considered.
Sarah Stüdli, Bereichspersonalleiterin / HR Partner
  Dr. Dirk Hegemann
Group Leader
Advanced Fibers
+41 58 765 7268
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9014 St. Gallen
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