PhD Position in the field of thermoplastic elastomer-based sensors with ceramic fillers in Dübendorf

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


For a fundamental project, funded by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), we are looking for a highly motivated student with a strong background in 3D printing of thermoplastic elastomer. The project focus is on the development of sensorized soft structures. The focus of the project is the development of thermo- and chemoresponsive thermoplastic elastomers to be able to print a multi-sensing structure. The project is in collaboration with EPFL. 

Your Tasks: 
  • Explore and develop thermo- and thermoresponsive sensor materials
  • Rheological analysis of the composites for printing applications
  • Explore analytic methods to demonstrate thermo- and chemoresonsive properties of the sensor materials
  • Development and investigation of multi-sensing structures by a multi-material printing process
  • Chemical and physical polymer analysis methods to better understand the sensor behavior of the materials
Your Profile: 
You have a master in materials science, mechanical engineering, robotics or a similar field. Previous experience with one or more of the following topics is required: 3D printing of elastomer materials, basics in polymer science, programming of electronic devices (e.g. Arduino) or soft sensor characterization. The experimental nature of the work requires a very high level of experimental skills, an analytical mindset for interpreting results and the ability to design innovative experiments. You are a team player and your strengths include taking personal responsibility, excellence and flexibility to work and deliver results. Knowledge of German is beneficial but not mandatory. 

Our Offer: 
We offer a PhD position at the research institution with excellent infrastructure and plenty of possibilities for personal and professional development. The position is for 3 years starting March 2023.
For further information about the position please contact Dr Frank Clemens  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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