The Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) at the University of Basel funds nanoscience research as part of an interdisciplinary degree course and a PhD programme, and in projects with industry partners. All students are widely integrated into the activities that address cutting-edge scientific topics in nanoscience and nanotechnology, embedded in classical disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and engineering.
Why study with us
The SNI offers internationally recognized, comprehensive, and hands-on degree programmes in nanoscience. The Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes attract highly motivated students and provide an excellent interdisciplinary education with a broad background in all natural sciences in a very supportive environment.
In the SNI PhD School, students from all over the world work on a diverse range of projects; for example on quantum computing, spintronics, molecular electronics, graphene, quantum sensing, nanocontainers for medical applications, solar cells, single-cell proteomics, nanofluidic devices, and many more. An established selection process involving external and internal senior scientists ensures excellent PhD projects.
Undergraduate and graduate students become part of the SNI community with regular opportunities for personal development and scientific exchange within the whole SNI network, including all research institutions in north-western Switzerland.
Training and development
The SNI offers a broad interdisciplinary education with additional tailormade courses to improve personal development and skills such as scientific writing, communication, and presentation techniques. Small working groups guarantee personal and individual supervision.
The PhD programme includes regular SNI conferences, such as the SNI Annual Event and a winter school. These introduce students to the interdisciplinary scientific community and offer ideal opportunities for scientific and personal exchange, including partners from industry.
Who we are looking for
Excellent and motivated undergraduate and graduate students who are not interested only in their particular working area, but are also fascinated by other fields in the natural sciences.
- If you are interested in the nanostudy programme, please visit www.nanoscience.ch/studium
- Information on new positions in the SNI PhD School and the online application tool are available from September to December every year at www.phd.nanoscience.ch
Basel area, Switzerland
Number of SNI members
Desired degree disciplines/class
For PhD School: Master’s degree in physics, chemistry, biology or related field. For study programme: high-school diploma
How to apply
Apply online when new PhD positions are announced. New positions and the online application tool are available from October–December every year on www.phd.nanoscience.ch
31 December 2024
Tel +41 61 207 3906