«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.

In 2017, 42 doctoral students from 15 different countries were enrolled in the SNI PhD School. By the end of 2017, ten doctoral students have successfully completed their theses. Seven new projects for doctoral dissertations were approved by the end of 2017 and will begin in 2018.

Each PhD thesis 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 submit proposal for new PhD projects until 31 May, 2018. Flyer


Currently we don’t have any open PhD positions. New PhD projects will soon be announced.


Schedule for application process 2017/2018:

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




SNI Annual Event 2018
September 12-14, 2018
Hotel Schweizerhof, Lenzerheide
During the annual meeting, SNI members meet for scientific exchange.

Nano in the Snow
January 23 -25, 2019