«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.

Each doctoral student is supervised by two scientists from the interdisciplinary SNI network and belongs to the successful SNI PhD School. Within this network, scientific exchange and networking is of great importance. All PhD student participate in these meetings of the network as well as in their Winter School and several courses that are specifically designed to meet the requirements of the doctoral students.


Currently, we don’t have open PhD positions. However, you can contact SNI members to get information about open PhD projects in their respective groups.


Principle investigators are invited to submit new project proposals until May 31, 2019 (flyer).


Timeline 2019/2020:

 May 31, 2019

Deadline for project proposal submission to Claudia.Wirth@unibas.ch 

June ‒ July 

Review process 

Mid August 

Information about acceptance 

August ‒ Dec. 

Search for candidates, interviews and hiring 

Jan. 1, 2020 

Earliest project start 



NanoscienceFocus: Imaging
Conference on imaging on the nanometer scale across borders and disciplines
12-13 June 2019
Program and registration