PhD position in Aerosol technologies for bioaerosol sampling, detection and risk management

Empa Materials Science and Technology
January 24, 2023
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Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.

The Laboratory for Advanced Analytical Technologies has an opening for a

PhD position in Aerosol technologies for bioaerosol sampling, detection and risk management

The research is related to development of aerosol technologies for bioaerosol sampling, detection and risk management. Bioaerosols, including airborne bacteria, viruses, fungi, and fragments of these organisms pose risks to human. Even minute amounts of inhaled bioaerosols may cause adverse health impacts such as infectious diseases, allergic diseases, reactions to toxins or irritants. Emerging hazardous components such as antibiotic resistance genes and metal resistance genes highlight the evolving risks due to bioaerosols. Our group is engaged in development of various sensors targeting biological pollutants, which has strong synergy with aerosol technologies for bioaerosol sampling, detection and control.

The student will be involved in tasks such as

  • To develop active and passive sampling methods for bioaerosols with high efficiencies;
  • To apply novel sensors and genetic testing techniques to analyze bioaerosols;
  • To investigate the effects of environmental factors on transmission of bioaerosols;
  • To investigate the technologies for bioaerosol inactivation.
  • We are looking for suitable candidates with a master level degree in biochemistry, bioengineering, mechanical engineering, or related fields with excellent grades. Good experimental capability is of high value. Good command of English is required.

    Position starting from May 2023 or upon agreement.

    For further information about the position please contact Prof. Dr Jing Wang jing.wang@empa.ch and visit our websites www. empa.ch/web/s502 and Empa- Video

    We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, a complete academic transcript including undergraduate and graduate courses, copies of diploma/certificates, a short description of research interests and contact details of three referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

    Empa, David Heusser, Human Resources, Ueberlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland.

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