The Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) at the University of Basel funds nanoscience research in an interdisciplinary PhD program. The activities address cutting edge scientific topics in nanoscience and nanotechnology that are embedded in more classical disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and engineering.
What can you expect
Every year the SNI funds around seven new PhD projects, which are selected from the submitted proposals by an interdisciplinary expert panel. Interested students are invited to apply online on the SNI webpage, starting in September every year. The topics cover all aspects of nanoscience, including quantum computing, spintronics, molecular electronics, graphene, quantum sensing, nanocontainers in medicine, solar cells, single-cell proteomics, nanofluidics devices, and many more.
Each PhD student at the SNI is supervised by two senior scientists from the SNI network, which includes the physics and chemistry departments and the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, as well as the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Northwestern Switzerland, the Paul Scherrer Institute and the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at the Federal Institute of Technology in Basel, the Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique and the University Hospital in Basel.
Interdisciplinarity is a key element of the SNI PhD program. The supervising researchers have a background in different classical disciplines and work in different partner institutions of the SNI network. In an annual winter school and at the annual SNI meeting, the PhD students are regularly exposed to the interdisciplinary SNI community and also learn to interact with other scientific communities. In addition, they hone their presentation and other soft skills in dedicated training courses and visits from industry partners.
What we are looking for
- Candidates holding a master’s degree in physics, chemistry, biology or related field
- Candidates should be motivated to work in interdisciplinary teams
Swiss Nanoscience Institute
University of Basel
Tel +41 061 207 39 06