In our group we investigate the potential of Silicon based electronic sensors used for the detection of biologically relevant analytes. With expertise in design and fabrication of micro- and nanostructures, microfluidics, surface chemistry and biochemical processes, we study the fundamentals of electronic chemical and biomedical sensors. The scope of our work ranges from fundamental research projects on the topic of potentiometric and amperometric sensors to applied prototyping.

Your tasks

As postdoc you will be working on several projects as a part of our biosensor team at Empa and on applied projects in cooperation with Avails medical, a startup company specialized in Medical diagnostics located in Menlo Park, California. Your main task will be focused on device design and fabrication for rapid prototyping and include planning, execution and evaluation of experiments. Further it involves presentation of results at conferences as well as publication in scientific journals.

Your profile

You have a PhD degree in engineering sciences (Physics, Electrical Engineering, Material Sciences, Biomedical Engineering) or a related field with a broad background in physics, chemistry or biology. You are highly motivated to work on multidisciplinary research projects. You bring excellent communication skills for close collaborations within a team, as well as a high degree of independence to explore new topics. Extensive experience in cleanroom fabrication is expected. Work experience in BSL-2 labs is of advantage.

Our offer

Our motivated interdisciplinary team of scientists, postdocs, PhD students and technicians offers a great working environment and cutting-edge lab facilities. Further you can profit from our network of collaborators within Switzerland, Europe and the United States, as well as our connections to the industry. The Empa campus in Dübendorf is in commuting distance from Zurich.

The position is immediately available with a contract duration of one year and the option for extension.

The place of work is Dübendorf ZH in Switzerland with occasional trips to California.

For more information please contact Dr. Mathias Wipf,


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Open postdoc position in electrical biosensors