The deMello Group in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at ETH Zurich, a world-leading center for the development of novel microfluidic technologies, is looking for motivated PhD students in cutting edge research in the areas of microfluidics and ultra-sensitive optical detection. Application are thus invited for
2 PhD Positions in Advanced Droplet-Based Technologies
The general theme of the project is to create an entirely novel and ultra-high-throughput platform for the directed evolution of computationally designed enzymes and probe their early dynamics using time-resolved spectroscopies. The marriage of droplet-based microfluidics and high-sensitivity optical spectroscopies will transform our ability to rationally select reaction conditions for enzymatic transformations and design novel enzymes. Moreover, these advances will also allow efficient extraction of information regarding the structural and mechanistic aspects of a range of enzymatic processes.
The successful candidates should hold an MSc degree in physics, chemistry or engineering, with first class grades, excellent programming skills (Matlab/Python, C(++)) and interests in fabrication procedures. Basic experience in optics, biophysics, protein chemistry, cell biology and advanced signal and data processing will be beneficial. Fluent communication skills (written and presentation) in English are essential. These positions are fully funded for four years through an SNF funded research project and can start at any time after the 1st January 2018. The PhD candidates will join an excellent and highly ambitious team at the forefront of research in the area of optofluidics.
We look forward to receiving online applications that includes CV, copies of all Bachelor and Master certificates, transcripts and letter of motivation. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For more information about the group please visit our website Specific questions regarding the position can be directed to Professor Andrew de Mello and Dr Stavros Stavrakis, by email:, (no applications).