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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 Laboratory for Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles at Empa in St. Gallen is seeking a full-time

Postdoc in the area of Material Science and Polymer Chemistry
The activities of the Postdoc position are focused on applied research within two different industrial projects. The first project is related to the development of textile-based colorimetric sensors for the detection of bacteria and the second on the development of hydrogel/textile-based skin models for the investigation of skin-material interactions.The successful candidate will be responsible for designing, executing and analyzing scientific experiments, thereby applying and investigating biopolymer/hydrogel cross-linking and modification strategies with their respective analysis, molecule encapsulation for sensor development, and preparations of prototype devices for further testing, partly in close collaboration with the companies. In addition, the candidate will be involved in writing scientific publications, presenting results at national and international scientific meetings.

We are looking for a highly motivated team-player capable of independent, efficient handling of scientific questions in an interdisciplinary environment.The candidate holds a PhD degree in Material Science, Polymer Chemistry or related disciplines.The candidate is expected to actively bring in his/her scientific expertise and competence including good communication skills. Previous experience in one or more of the following fields such as polymer processing, coating applications, polymer spinning, encapsulation strategies and respective analyticsis required. Fluency in English is required; German is considered a plus. The position (100%) will be initially limited to two years and is located at Empa St.Gallen.

For further information about the position please contact Prof. Dr. René Rossi rene.rossi@empa.ch or Dr. Fabian Itel fabian.itel@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s401 and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a CV (incl. the three most relevant publications), a full list of publications, a letter of motivation and at least two reference letters including a letter from your PhD supervisor. The position is available from October 2021 and will remain open until filled. 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.