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PhD Student for the Development of Safe and Sustainable by Design Methods in Dübendorf

EMPA (European Master of Public Administration Consortium) is a network of European schools, that offer master programs in public administration.


This PhD project in the context of the European Doctoral Network MELOMANES aims to develop a Safe and Sustainable by Design Methodology for biomedical applications, based on a multidimensional safety and sustainability concept incorporating risk assessment and life cycle assessment (LCA). The developed methodology will be applied to the specific case of nanoparticles used for treatment of melanoma. 

The PhD student will be enrolled at ETH Zürich in the Department of Environmental System Science under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Bernd Nowack.
We are looking for an excellent candidate interested in combining and improving methods used to assess the impacts and the sustainability of new compounds. The successful candidate should hold a MSc degree in environmental sciences, environmental engineering or a related discipline and preferably have previous experience in assessing environmental risks or LCA. Very good communication skills in English, orally and written, are required. 

We offer a highly interdisciplinary research environment to perform research relevant for science and regulators. Our young team consists of experienced scientists, post docs as well as PhD and master students. For more details visit .
For further information about the position please contact Prof. Dr. Bernd Nowack, Head of the Environmental Risk Assessment and Management (ERAM),   or Dr. Roland Hischier, Head of the Advancing Life Cycle Assessment Group (ALCA), and visit our websites and

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, 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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