PhD position – Development of sensors for airborne pollutants in Zürich

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100%, Zurich, fixed-term

Applications are invited for a PhD position in the Air Quality and Particle Technology group (, Prof. Dr J. Wang). You will be hosted by the Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zürich and will also work at Empa, (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research).
Position starting from May 2023 or upon agreement.

Project background

The research is related to the development of sensors for airborne pollutants. Detection of pollutants plays critical roles in environmental protection, safeguarding human health and societal welfare, limiting contamination, and enhancing production yield in industries. Our group is engaged in the development of various optical and electrochemical sensors targeting gaseous and biological pollutants.

Job description

 You will be involved in tasks such as:

- Development of innovative sensing techniques for gaseous and biological pollutants

- Fabrication of sensors using 3D printing, laser lithography, MEMS or optofluidic methods

- Explore novel applications of the sensors in medical, environmental, and safety applications

Your profile

We are looking for suitable individuals with a master-level degree in material science, electrical engineering, chemistry, mechanical engineering or related fields with excellent grades. Furthermore, a good experimental capability is of high value, as well as a good command of English.

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We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

We value diversity
In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.
Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • curriculum vitae
  • a complete academic transcript including undergraduate and graduate courses
  • copies of diploma/certificates
  • contact information of 2-3 potential referees
  • a short description of research interests

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

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