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PhD Student advancing in vitro to in vivo assessments 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 project MACRAME aims to further develop the use of in vitro data in environmental and human risk assessment and life cycle assessment. In alignment with the EU strategies to secure the safety and sustainability of enabling and emerging technologies, the MACRAME Project focusses on the development of methodologies that are applicable to “Advanced Materials” and that are aligned with future-oriented innovation, safety and sustainability considerations. This will be achieved in close collaboration with the project partners. 

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 pioneering and using novel methods to assess the impacts and sustainability of new compounds. The successful candidate should hold a MSc degree in environmental sciences, toxicology or a related discipline. The candidate should preferably have previous experience with in vitro - in vivo extrapolation methodology, (environmental) risk assessment and a basic understanding of cell-based in vitro models. Very good communication skills in English, orally and written, are required.

The two involved laboratories offer a highly interdisciplinary research environment to perform research relevant for science and regulators. Our young teams consist of experienced scientists, post docs as well as PhD and master students. For more details visit and .
For further information about the position please contact Prof. Dr. Bernd Nowack, Head of the Environmental Risk Assessment and Management (ERAM),   or Dr. Peter Wick, Head to the Particles Biology Interactions Laboratory, 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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