PhD Position about "Controlling Interactions at the Surface by the Structure below the Surface" 100%
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The Laboratory for Advanced Fibers at Empa in St.Gallen offers a
PhD Position about "Controlling Interactions at the Surface by the Structure below the Surface"
We have recently discovered that adsorbing proteins can significantly interact with a zone that is a few nanometers below the substrate surface. You can study the fundamental mechanism of this new effect in a PhD thesis and learn how to control adsorption and desorption, hydration and evaporation. We already suspect that the presence of water molecules inside the subsurface is a key factor to understand these new long-range interaction forces. You will learn to produce unique plasma polymer films, which consist of hydrophobic-to-hydrophilic vertical gradients, and you will analyze them with top modern surface analytical tools.
Protein adsorption is considered to be the first step that controls bio-interactions, so you will interact with colleagues in biology.
The offered PhD work thus combines the fields of surface and interface science, plasma deposition, and bio-sensing. The experimental work will be done at Empa in St. Gallen and the PhD is obtained in affiliation with the ETH Zürich, Department of Materials, via Prof. M. Heuberger.
- Completed Master’s degree in materials science, physics, chemistry or similar.
- Experience with surface characterization methods.
- Highly motivated, communicative and interest in interdisciplinary research.
- Language skills: English, German (advantageous).
The position will be available from now on and is funded for three years (by SNF).Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, diplomas, statement of research interests, and addresses of 2-3 potential referees. For questions about the position please contact Dr. Dirk Hegemann, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit your application online and upload all documents ("pdf"-file is recommended) through this webpage. Any other way of applying will not be considered.