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Ph.D. Student positions at the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences/ Analytical Chemistry

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

We seek to fill several new Ph.D. student positions in our research group in early 2022.

Job description

We will have Ph.D. student projects in the following areas of analytical science:

  • Ambient ionization mass spectrometry; applications to on-line exhaled breath analysis
  • Soft ionization mass spectrometry (ESI, MALDI) to study noncovalent complexes
  • Investigation of gas-phase conformations of biomolecular ions using a combination of mass spectrometric methods and optical spectroscopy (laser-induced fluorescence, FRET)
  • Nanoscale vibrational spectroscopy and molecular imaging; tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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Motivation to work with state-of-the-art instrumentation (some of them custom-made / home built), mass spectrometry, and laser spectroscopy is important.
Prerequisites: M.Sc. degree, Diploma or equivalent in Chemistry or related area, very good grades for fulfilling admissions conditions to ETH Zurich, strong background in analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, instrumentation or optics.

A working knowledge of German is advantageous, since all Ph.D. students are expected to act as teaching assistants during their tenure at our department.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • CV and list of publications (if any)
  • Transcripts and grades received
  • 2 letters of recommendation

Please note that we prefer applications submitted through our online application portal. Application submitted via email will not be considered.

Further information about our research can be found on our website. Starting date: spring 2022 / upon mutual agreement. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Renato Zenobi, Tel +41 44 632 43 76 or email

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