«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


Apply now for the new SNI PhD School projects!

The positions are filled continuously, so be fast with your application if you are interested in one of the projects.

Ref. Nr. Project Principal Investigator Co-PI(s)
P2201 Strongly correlated electronic phases in twisted and stretched bilayer semiconductor nanostructures Andreas Baumgartner (University of Basel) Patrick Maletinsky (University of Basel)
P2202 Search for 2D ferromagnetism at room temperature Monica Ciomaga Hatnean (PSI) Michel Kenzelmann (PSI/ University of Basel)
P2203 Towards Earth-Abundant Nanocatalysts for Hydrogenation Reactions: Understanding the Promoting Role of Sulfur in Cobalt Phosphide Nanocatalysts Murielle F. Delley (University of Basel) Maarten Nachtegaal (PSI)
P2204 NanoPhase: A multi-scale view of phase separation from cells to nanostructure Ben Engel (University of Basel) Maria Hondele (University of Basel)
P2205 MAGNET. MacEtch based nAnofabrication of hiGh aspect ratio silicon Nanowires with magnEtic Tips Marco Stampanoni (PSI) Martino Poggio (University of Basel)
P2206 Multi-compartment nanofactories for on-site and on-demand drug synthesis and delivery Oya Tagit (FHNW) Cornelia Palivan (University of Basel)
P2207 Targeted scintillator nanoparticles for X-ray-mediated optogenetics in behaving mice Adrian A. Wanner (PSI) Jonathan De Roo (University of Basel)

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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.


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

September ‒ Dec.

Search for candidates, interviews and hiring

Dec. 31, 2022

Deadline for applications to PhD positions

Jan. 1, 2023

Earliest project start



Nano-Tech Apéro:
27 October 2022

Nanoscience in the Snow:
25-27 January 2023

Swiss NanoConvention:
15-16 June 2023

Annual Event:
6-8 September 2023