«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 14 different countries are enrolled.


You can now apply for new PhD projects:


P2001 Imaging cardiovascular macro- and microstructure using HfO2 nanocrystals as X-ray tomography contrast agents  (De Roo/Bonnin) Description

P2002 A Death-Dealing Bacterial Nanomachine (Lim/Basler) Description

P2004 Local Manipulation of Spin Domains in a Multiferroic Rashba Semiconductor (Muntwiler/Jung) Description

P2005 Transmembrane protein-mediated loading of synthetic compartments (Palivan/Kammerer) Description

P2006 RESTRAIN – Reticular Chemistry at Interfaces as a Form of Nanotechnology (Shahgaldian/De Roo) Description Video

P2007 Development of nanoscale acoustic tweezers for mechanobiology application (Tsujino/Lim) Description

P2008 Scanning Nanowire Quantum Dot (Zumbühl/Poggio) ( a candidate has already been identified, please do not apply for this project)

You are interested and would like to apply? Please click the button below and follow the instructions. We only accept online applications.

Application for a PhD project


Timeline 2020/2021:

 May 31, 2020

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

June ‒ July 

Review process 

Mid August 

Information about acceptance 

August ‒ Dec. 

Search for candidates, interviews and hiring 

Dec. 31, 2020

Deadline for applications to PhD positions

Jan. 1, 2021 

Earliest project start 



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