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Postdoctoral position in the field of carbon-based quantum materials. in Dübendorf

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


We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong experimental background in materials chemistry, solid state physics or nanoscience who wants to pursue cutting-edge research at a world-class level. 

Within a large-scale project, we aim at developing carbon-based quantum materials for next-generation quantum technologies, with a strong focus on atomically precise graphene nanoribbons (GNRs). Within this project, you will work on the development of gate-tunable graphene nanoribbon devices and their characterization by Raman spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy. 

To transfer spin-bearing GNRs from their metallic growth substrate to gate-tunable (device) substrates, you will develop ultra-high-vacuum dry-transfer stamping methods. Successful substrate transfer will allow you to control the charge and spin state of GNRs, and to characterize their (opto)electronic and magnetic properties in great detail.
Required qualifications include a PhD degree in physics, chemistry, materials science, or equivalent with a strong background in solid-state physics or nanoscience. Prior experience with the growth and substrate transfer of 2D materials, Raman spectroscopy or scanning probe microscopy are advantageous but not strictly required. We are looking for a highly motivated team player who is motivated to learn and has excellent English communication skills. 

Join our world-class team to explore carbon-based quantum systems within a global network of collaborators where you can build a competitive research portfolio. Located in the Zurich Area, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) offers outstanding infrastructure, a broad interdisciplinary environment and competitive salaries. Empa is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. 

The position is available starting January 2023 or upon agreement, with a planned duration of two to three years.
For further information about the position please contact Dr Gabriela Borin Barin  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, Cristina Marinoni, Human Resources, Ueberlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland.

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