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Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.
Our Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures is looking for a PhD Student in the field of Biomechanics
You will work on a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation that will contribute to the understanding of deformation and failure of bone on the microscale and its impact on whole bone strength. You will be enrolled in a doctoral program at ETH Zürich and exploit the micromechanical yield- and postyield properties of bone on the level of the extracellular matrix. During the course of the project, you will be involved in sample preparation, micromechanical experiments at different environmental conditions, electron microscopic imaging, Raman spectroscopy, as well as data analysis and interpretation.
The project is initiated in cooperation with Prof. Edoardo Mazza of the Institute of Mechanical Systems of ETH Zürich.
You must hold a Master’s or an equivalent Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science. A high motivation to work at the leading edge of measurement science and to work in international, multidisciplinary research teams is essential. Knowledge of English (oral and written) is important and knowledge of German would be an advantage. Experience in nanomechanical testing techniques like nanoindentation, electron microscopy based techniques as well as programming (e.g. Matlab, Labview, Python) is desirable.
For further information about the position please contact Dr. Jakob Schwiedrzik, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Johann Michler, johann.Michler@empa.ch and visit our website www.empa.ch/web/s206 and Empa-Video
We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcript and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage https://apply.refline.ch/673276/0889/pub/1/index.html.
Applications via email will not be considered.
We have an open PhD position to study the mechano-chemical organisation of cells from a physical and mathematical point of view. Individually or collectively, cells move due to mechanical and chemical gradients and doing so they self-organise in very specific forms. Understanding the physical laws under mechano-chemical gradients can head to establish new protocols in the control of cell structures. The final goal of the project is to manipulate cells so that the morphology of cell structures can be predicted, e.g. in biological-based prosthesis.
The eventual candidate will work in a newly established and young research group in the field of mechanobiology under the supervision of Dr. Pablo Saez (http://www-lacan.upc.es/saez/), at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. The lab is part of a broader group with focus on numerical methods in engineering (http://www-lacan.upc.es/). The candidate will also collaborate with Prof. Marino Arroyo (http://www-lacan.upc.es/arroyo/) with a broad expertise in numerical methods and cell mechanics. The project is related to a recently granted European Research Project on the mechanobiology of cells at different scales.
The eventual student will work at different scales of the problem. Depending on the candidate’s background the work will be more related to theoretical or numerical developments required to accomplish the project. Therefore, we are looking for students with a wide background of knowledge, with a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering, physics or applied mathematics. The candidate should be a highly dynamic and eager student looking forward expand his/her current knowledge on the field of cell mechanobiology. Biological background is not necessary. The candidate is expected to have a high profiency of the English language, both written and spoken.