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PhD position: Small Angle X-ray Scattering for Designing and Characterization of Hierarchical Polymer-Lipid Composite Nanofibers
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As an interdisciplinary research institute of the ETH Domain, Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, conducts cutting-edge materials and technology research.
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Published: 18 days ago
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Location: Dübendorf, Switzerland
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PhD position: Small Angle X-ray Scattering for Designing and Characterization of Hierarchical Polymer-Lipid Composite Nanofibers

Empa - the place where innovation starts
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.

Empa’s Center for X-ray Analytics and the Laboratory for Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles  are offering a

PhD position: Small Angle X-ray Scattering for Designing and Characterization of Hierarchical Polymer-Lipid Composite Nanofibers


This interdisciplinary project employs cutting-edge X-ray analytics to develop and optimize strategies for designing nanofibers with hierarchical domains.The aim is to excel biofunctional polymer matrices with hierarchical lipid self-assemblies and deliver nanofibers with stimuli responsive drug delivery propertiesin bio-environment.  Small angle scattering and diffraction studies will be extensively used to investigate the role of templating lipids and fine-tune the designing strategies. Synergies with microscopy methods such as TEM and other X-ray based methods such as X-ray µ-Computed Tomography (µ-CT) or Phase Contrast Imaging (XPCI) will be used.


Your Tasks
  • Apply and develop X-ray scattering methodology to optimize the interactions of lipid self-assemblies with polymers matrix
  • Leverage the synergies of the interdisciplinary project at the interface of polymer chemistry and biology being in constant exchange with our collaboration partners
  • Publish results in high impact journal and present your work at international conferences

Desired profile

  • Great interest in applying cutting-edge X-ray scattering methodologies in characterization of nanomaterials. Previous experience with Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) is advantageous.
  • Completed Master`s degree in chemistry, physics or polymer science.
  • Highly motivated, communicative and interest in interdisciplinary research.
  • Language skills: English, German (advantageous)


We offer a challenging position at a materials research institution with outstanding infrastructure and an interdisciplinary surrounding. You can expect significant support and guidance from established scientists during the whole of your project.
Project duration of 3 years is planned in order to carry out the above research tasks. The project is supported by Empa and EU, and the candidate will perform his/her research at Empa in St. Gallen. Desired starting date is upon mutual agreement. The application deadline is 31st of May 2018.

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Amin Sadeghpour amin.sadeghpour@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s499,  www.empa.ch/web/s401 and Empa-Video
We look forward to receiving your online application including a motivation letter, 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.
Empa, Esther Zürcher, Human Resources, Lerchenfeldstrasse 5, 9014 St. Gallen, Switzerland.

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