«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.

Currently, there are no open PhD projects available. In September 2021, new projects that will start in 2022 will be announced.

Principle Investigators, who are interested in the SNI’s PhD School, may submit their proposals
by 31 May, 2021. More information

Before you submit a proposal, please read the information sheet for PIs of the SNI PhD School.

Timeline 2021/2022:

 May 31, 2021

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, 2021

Deadline for applications to PhD positions

Jan. 1, 2022

Earliest project start 



SNI Annual Event
8 – 10 September 2021

Nano-Tech Apéro
26 October 2021

Rhetorik Workshop
18 – 19 November 2021