«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.

For the year 2019, eight new PhD projects have been approved. Highly motivated young scientists are invited to apply. The successful candidates will join the attractive SNI program that currently supports more than 30 young scientists. (flyer)

Each doctoral student is supervised by two scientists from the interdisciplinary SNI network. 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.

Please apply early, since the decision by the main investigators to fill the vacancy can be taken any time in the process.

You can now apply for the eight new PhD positions.

P1801 – Bioinspired nanoscale drug delivery systems for efficient targeting and safe in vivo application
A candidate is selected. Please don’t apply anymore. 
Jörg Huwyler (PI, Univ. Basel), Cornelia Palivan (Co-PI, Univ. Basel)
P1802 – From Schrödinger’s equation to biology: Unsupervised quantum machine learning for directed evolution of anti-adhesive peptides Anatole von Lilienfeld (PI, Univ. Basel), Michael Nash (Co-PI, Univ. Basel)

P1803 – Nanoscale mechanical energy dissipation in quantum systems and 2D-materials
A candidate is selected. Please don’t apply anymore.

Ernst Meyer (PI, Univ Basel), Martino Poggio (Co-PI, Univ. Basel)
P1804 – Picoscopic mass analysis of mammalian cells progressing through the cell cycle Daniel Müller (PI, ETHZ D-BSSE), Wolfgang Meier (Co-PI, Univ. Basel)
P1805 – High-throughput multiplexed microfluidics for antimicrobial drug discovery Erik van Nimwegen (PI, Univ. Basel), Vitaliy Guzenko (Co-PI, PSI)
P1806 – Image the twist! Valerio Scagnoli (PI, PSI), Patrick Maletinsky (Co-PI, Univ. Basel)
P1807 – Andreev Spin Qubit (ASQ) in GeSi Nanowires Christian Schönenberger (PI, Univ. Basel), Floris Braakman (Co-PI, Univ. Basel)
P1808 – Quantum dynamics of an ultracold ion coupled to a nanomechanical oscillator
A candidate is selected. Please don’t apply anymore.
Stefan Willitsch (PI, Univ. Basel), Martino Poggio (Co-PI, Univ. Basel)

You can also apply for the project P1703 Quantum sensing of nanomechanical systems. If you are interested please contact Patrick Maletinsky (PI, Univ. Basel).

If you have not found the right topic, you can contact our SNI members to get information about open PhD projects.

Schedule for application process 2018/2019:

deadline for applications:   31 December, 2018
earliest project start: 1 January, 2019
rejection letters to all applicants on BIPED with low or no grades:  1 February, 2019
absolute deadline for project start:                                                  

 December 2019



Nanoscience in the Snow – The SNI’s Winter School
January 23 -25, 2019
Preliminary program

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