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

Nora Sauter, former PhD student at the SNI PhD School


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.

The PhD School is highly international. Currently, PhD students from 15 different countries are enrolled.


Submit your project proposal

Principle investigators can submit their PhD School project proposals until 31 May, 2022.  Flyer


Apply for PhD School projects in 2022

You can still apply for two PhD School projects:

Structure and Assembly Mechanism of the Ninjurin-1 Membrane Perforation Pore in Executing Cell Death (project description).
If you are interested, please contact Sebastian Hiller (Biozentrum, University of Basel).

Ferromagnetism of mobile electrons in a two dimensional semiconductor
(project description)
If you are interested, please contact Richard Warburton (Department of Physics, University of Basel)


Timeline 2021/2022:

May 31, 2022

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

June ‒ July

Review process

approx. Mid August

Information about acceptance

August ‒ Dec.

Search for candidates, interviews and hiring

Dec. 31, 2022

Deadline for applications to PhD positions

Jan. 1, 2023

Earliest project start



Rhetoric workshop
19 – 20 May 2022