PhD Position in Electrochemical and Materials Engineering for Nerve Regeneration

ETH Zurich


PhD in Electrochemical and materials engineering for nerve regeneration

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

Are you passionate about pushing the boundaries of biomedical and electrochemical engineering? The Lukatskaya and Herrmann Laboratories are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate to embark on a groundbreaking project focused on the electrochemical and materials engineering for nerve regeneration.

Project background

This unique project aims to facilitate nerve regeneration and repair using an electrochemical and material-centric approach. Leveraging the expertise of both the Lukatskaya and Herrmann Labs, the research will involve interdisciplinary approaches combining materials science, fundamental electrochemistry, advanced fabrication and characterization techniques, and surgical implementation in clinically relevant models at the Balgrist University Hospital.

Job description

  • Understand fundamental drivers of nerve regeneration
  • Design and synthesize novel electroconductive materials for nerve regeneration.
  • Develop and characterize conduit prototypes, assessing their performance and safety.
  • Collaborate with a dynamic team of scientists, engineers and surgeons to integrate smart materials and sensing technologies into the conduit design.
  • Analyze data and publish findings in high-impact journals.
  • Present research at leading national and international conferences.

Your profile

  • A master's degree in Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field.
  • Strong interest in electrochemistry, biomedical engineering, or microfabrication is desirable.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficiency in oral and written English.
  • A passion for research and innovation.

We offer

  • A vibrant, collaborative research environment in two leading laboratories focused on innovation.
  • Access to cutting-edge technology and equipment, including Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center and the OR-X.
  • A supportive academic community for your professional growth.
  • Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and networking.
  • Guidance from world-renowned experts in the field.

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Curious? So are we.

Join us in developing the next generation of peripheral nerve conduits and shaping the future of regenerative medicine!

We look forward to receiving your online application. In the field for additional information please specify your MSc and BSc degree information (University, date of the degree, GPA, relevant experience). Please submit the following application documents using the ETH online portal in a single merged PDF document, titled with your last name and initials as well as the application date (for example: 20231201_SmithJT_application) in the following order:

  • Cover letter with a description of your research achievements and research interests
  • Detailed CV
  • Transcripts of all degrees (English)
  • Names and contact information of at least 3 references
  • Representative published research work (Papers, thesis if possible).

Please apply exclusively via the online application portal. Applications sent by e-mail or post will not be considered.

Further information about Lukatskaya group can be found here.

Further information about Herrmann group can be found here.

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