ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. It is renowned for its excellent education, its cutting-edge fundamental research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice. The Laboratory of Metal Physics and Technology (LMPT), which is part of the Department of Materials, carries out research and teaching in areas ranging from basic science to technology, mostly in metals-related areas. It is headed by Jörg F. Löffler, and is made up of physicists, materials scientists, and chemists from all around the world. LMPT’s aim is to develop new metallic materials, and to find and explore novel phenomena in metal physics and technology via detailed materials analysis and modeling.
PhD position - Design and in vitro characterization of biodegradable magnesium-based bone implants
A doctoral position is available in the area of biodegradable magnesium-based implants. The project will involve designing temporary implants for a well-chosen bone model, and designing and performing the corresponding biomechanical tests in corrosive and non-corrosive media. The work will be conducted in a highly interdisciplinary and stimulating research environment with excellent infrastructure, in close collaboration with persons working in the medical field.

The Laboratory of Metal Physics and Technology has a long history of successful development of novel alloy systems based on magnesium. Especially promising here is the combining of ultra-high purity Mg with Zn and Ca for biodegradable implants. In the doctoral project, this alloy system will be tested for applications in the cranio-maxillofacial area within an interdisciplinary consortium which consists of scientists and clinicians from the Department of Materials at ETH Zurich, the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Zurich, and the Department of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Hospital of Bern (Inselspital). Material and implant development plus in vitro and in vivo testing will be performed within a framework of three doctoral positions working collaboratively on this project.
The candidate should have a Master’s degree in biomedical engineering, applied physics, materials science, or mechanical engineering. Previous hands-on experience with biomechanics is a plus. The successful candidate must be willing and motivated to work at the interface of materials science, engineering, and clinical research. He or she must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English and be enthusiastic, creative and self-motivated. Good experimental and analytical skills are essential. The project starting date is 1 August 2019 or by mutual agreement. The position will remain open until filled.
We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents: a motivation letter, a detailed CV (including university transcripts), and the contact information of at least two professional reference persons. Please note that we only accept applications which are submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information
about the Laboratory of Metal Physics and Technology please visit our website: Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr Leopold Berger via email at (no applications) or phone at +41 44 63 307 34.