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PhD student in bone micromechanics at Empa, Switzerland

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  • PhD student in bone micromechanics at Empa, Switzerland

    Empa - the place where innovation starts

    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.
    Our Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures is looking for a

    PhD Student in the field of Biomechanical Engineering

    Your Tasks

    You will work on a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation that will contribute to the understanding of the role of microstructure in bone strength and its impact on osteoporosis. You’ll exploit the micromechanical yield- and postyield properties of bone on the level of the extracellular matrix (ECM). During the course of the project, you will be involved in the development of an experimental setup for testing of bone extracellular matrix, sample preparation, conducting micromechanical experiments, as well as statistical data analysis and interpretation.

    The project is initiated in cooperation with Prof. Philippe Zysset of the Institute of Surgical Technology and Biomechanics of the University of Bern and Prof. Kurt Lippuner of the Osteoporosis Clinic of the Inselspital.

    Your Profile

    You must hold a Master's Degree or an equivalent Degree in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, or Mechanics. A high motivation to work at the leading edge of measurement science and to work in international, and multidisciplinary research teams are essential. Knowledge of English (oral and written) is important and knowledge of German would be an advantage. Experience in nanomechanical testing techniques like nanoindentation, electron microscopy based techniques, as well as programming (e.g. Labview, Python, Matlab) is desirable.
    For more information please visit, contact Dr. Jakob Schwiedrzik, or Dr. Johann Michler,

    We are looking forward to your application including a letter of motivation, your CV, diplomas and two to three academic references with contact details.

    Please submit your application online and upload all documents ("pdf"-file is recommended) through this webpage: Any other way of applying will not be considered.