«In the SNI PhD School, we get an excellent scientific education, learn how to work in interdisciplinary teams, and to think in a joined-up way.»

Nora Sauter, PhD student at the SNI PhD School

In 2012, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute founded a PhD School to promote the education of young researchers in the nanosciences. The research activities address the cutting edge scientific and interdisciplinary approach of nanoscience and technology and root in disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and engineering.

By the end of 2016, 38 doctoral students from 15 different countries were enrolled in the SNI PhD School. Each is supervised by two scientists from the SNI network. For over half of the current projects, the supervising researchers have their background in different classical disciplines such as physics, chemistry and biology, and they work in different departments of the University of Basel or at partner institutions of the SNI network.

Once a year, a call for new projects is launched. An interdisciplinary panel of experts selects the new projects.


You can now apply for new PhD projects: 

P1701 Quantum sensing of nanomechanical systems (Maletinsky/Treutlein)
P1702 Nano-photonics with van der Waals heterostructures (Warburton/Zardo)
P1703 van der Waals 2D semiconductor nanostructures with superconducting contacts (Baumgartner/Schönenberger)
P1704 Ultrasensitive Force Microscopy and Cavity Optomechanics using Nanowire Cantilevers (Poggio/Braakman)
(not available anymore)
P1705 Genetic selection of nanocatalysts (Panke/Ward)
P1706 Evolving Protease Enzymes with New Sequence Specificity using Peptide-Hydrogel Cell Encapsulation (Nash/Reddy) (not available anymore)
P1707 Single organelle size sorting by a nanofluidic device (Ekinci/Stahlberg)

You are interested and would like to apply? Please click the button below and follow the instructions. We only accept online applications. 

Application for a PhD project

deadline for applications:   31 December, 2017
earliest project start: 1 January, 2017
rejection letters to all applicants on BIPED with low or no grades:  1 February, 2018
absolute deadline for project start:                                                    December 2018

You can still apply for two projects from the last call:

P1602  Self-assembly and magnetic order of 2D spin lattices on surfaces (Jung/Dreiser)
If you are interested, please contact: Thomas.Jung@psi.ch


P1603 A mechano-optical microscope for studying force transduction in living cells (Lim/Meyer)
If you are interested, please contact: Roderick.Lim@unibas.ch



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