Design and Characterisation of Soft Artificial Hearts
We are looking for students (particularly in an engineering discipline) to work toward designing various features of our soft artificial heart, and other anciliary aspects such as systems control and actuation.
Closed-loop control of drug delivery
The Langer lab and Traverso lab at MIT currently have several opening positions for students who are interested in interdisciplinary research in translational medicines. We are pushing the frontier of translational medicine by bridging the gap between engineering and clinical medicine.
Develop a diagnostic biosensor
Develop a low-cost and sensitive diagnostic biosensor. You will work on a new sensor technology applicable for various diseases including cronic diseases, cancer or covid-19. The project is ideal for skilled students who are passionate to work on an interdisciplinary project with immediate impact.
On-chip Mechanical Stimulation to Dissect Bone Mechanobiology
A fundamental question in bone biology is how osteocytes magnify tissue-level mechanical strains to cell-level strains to elicit a biochemical response. This project aims to develop a tool for on-chip mechanical stimulation of 3D hydrogels to study signal transduction in osteocyte mechanosensation.
Master Thesis on Investigating the structure and properties of metal/ceramic interfaces by means of atomistic simulations: Designing an interatomic potential for the Cu/AlN system
Metal/ceramic interfaces are of great techn. importance. Experiments revealed anomalous fast diffusion of Cu along interfaces between Cu and AlN, which could be exploited for nanojoining technologies. The project aims to investigate the dynamics of such interfacial phenomena by atomistic simulations
Nanoscale 3D printing of functional devices: nanorobots, sensors, energy storage
3D printing is a family of emerging techniques for fabrication of functional devices. We are currently exploring a new technology we developed to achieve 3D nanoprinting with ultrahigh resolution and nanoscale precision. This opens numerous exciting opportunities for fabrication of functional devices and materials for biomedical, sensing and energy storage applications.
Assay developement for cancer diagnostics
You will develop a diagnostic test for testicular cancer. The focus of the project will be on creating the biochemical protocols for the test. The project is in collaboration with a prelaunch startup and a hospital (USZ). Therefore, it is ideal for motivated students who want to have a direct impact
Elaboration of sustainable activated carbons
The aim of this project is to explore the properties of a sustainable waste-sourced activated carbon by tailoring its microstructure to fit an application in waste-heat utilization for the next generation of heat pumps.
Permanent magnetic microrobots for targeted drug delivery
Magnetic microrobots have the potential to revolutionize existing therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. The aim of this project is to design and micro fabricate magnetic micro carriers for targeted drug delivery.
Wearable Sensors For Fitness Monitoring
There is a growing interest in fitness trackers and apps monitoring health. Most of them rely on accelerometer and GPS data which do not provide reliable measurements. Direct force and pressure sensors can overcome these issues and revolutionize fitness monitoring.
Master Thesis on Solid-State Lithium-Ion Microbatteries
Development of thin-film lithium-ion microbatteries for better power performance and for enabling new applications. Tailored project to the background and interests of the student.
DNA-Based Biosensing for In-Vitro and In-Vivo Applications
Developing the next generation of electronic biosensors to detect neurochemicals released by in vitro neuronal networks and biomarkers in clinically relevant human fluids. These novel biosensors will help us answer relevant neuroscience questions and human health concerns. The project will involve the design and development of chemical and electrical platforms as well as functionalization of biomolecules to perform analytical measurements.
Design and development of fluorescence polymers for sensing and bioimaging
One-step polymerization --> multicolor fluorescence polymers! Postfunctionalization --> multifunctional materials for various biomedical applications!
Electrodeposition of FePt nano-rod or helix for bio-safe microrobot
The student would need to use electrodeposition to fabricate bio-compatible FePt nano-rod or nano-helix for the actuation of bio-degradable microrobots.
3D Microrobot fabricated with new material COF
We would like to fabricate different 3D microrobots in the micrometer scale with a brand new material: COF (covalent organic framework). No one in the world has worked on this specific area before. The project is aiming for a journal paper.
Surface coatings strategies
The Functional Materials Laboratory (FML) of ETH Zürich is a group performing world-class research in a wide variety of fields, from nanoparticle chemistry to chemical device development. We are designing and developing innovative solutions for a wide range of applications with a cost-effective approach and short time-to-result.
PhD Position in experimental astrochemistry and planetary science
At the space research and planetary sciences division of the University of Bern a PhD position in experimental astrochemistry and planetary science is available.
Novel Nanotherapeutics for Wound Healing
Do you want to work on cutting-edge research in an up-and-coming startup? anavo is a wound care startup located at and supported by ETH Zurich – join us on our mission to bring innovative nanotherapeutics to patients in need.
Master Thesis on Microgel-Reinforced Hydrogels at EPFL, Lausanne
We are currently looking for a highly motivated Master Thesis student in Material Science starting early 2021 in the Soft Materials Laboratory SMaL at EPFL in Lausanne. In this challenging project, we aim at elucidating how the size, arrangement, and volume fraction of microgels influences the mechanical properties of macroscopic microgel-reinforced hydrogels. You will use microfluidic tools to fabricate microparticles from drop templates to reinforce macroscopic hydrogel samples and test their mechanical properties using tensile tests. We will then relate obtained experimental data to a theoretical framework to understand observed stiffening and toughening behavior of the embedded microgels.
Design of a robust heating system for infusion fluids
Patients, especially those rescued after exposure in high mountains or cold water are at risk of hypothermia. Stabilizing patient temperature is critical for medical staff, who work outside the usual hospital environment. In the last years, we have worked on an industrial project on the development
Soft stretchable electronics for biomedical applications, from biosensing to biomedical implants
This project will focus on combining soft based electronics and bioreceptors to perform biosensing in human’s skin or to measure strains in muskoeskeletal tissues. This work will involve in-vivo experiments, cleanroom time, as well as time in other laboratories and data processing.
3D-Printed mini-Bone-Organs
Current tissue engineering strategies fail to recreate the complex architecture of bone where 3D interconnected osteocytes reside in the lacuno-canalicular system to sense mechanical signals to regulate bone remodeling. We aim to create 3D-printed living osteocyte networks as mini-bone-organs.
Student Research Assistant
Functional coatings for gas sensing
Chemical sensing platform for in-situ and real-time monitoring of wound healing process
Chronic wounds (i.e. venous, diabetic ulcers) are regarded as a silent epidemic, which affects 1-2% of the population and represent 2-4% of healthcare expenses. On the other side, approximately 900 mil-lion people suffer worldwide from acute injuries (i.e. penetrating trauma, burns) requiring specia

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