Postdoc Position on Biodegradable Energy Storage, Empa-Switzerland

Designation/Position- Postdoc position

Empa – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland invites application for Postdoc position from eligible and interested candidates 

About- 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.

The Applied Wood Materials Laboratory contributes to the development of functional cellulose and wood based materials and is offering a Postdoc position on printed biodegradable energy storage on paper.

Research/Job Area- Material science, electrochemistry, chemical engineering or related fields

Location- Empa – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland


  • PhD degree in material science, electrochemistry, chemical engineering or related fields
  • Proven track record of publication in high-quality journals
  • Demonstrated aptitude for scientific creativity and non-conventional thinking
  • Experience in experimental research (e.g. material synthesis and processing, colloidal and interface science, electrochemistry) and talent for experimental design is required
  • Fluency in English (written and oral) is a pre-condition
  • You are a highly motivated, critical thinking, open-minded and communicative person, with a strong interest to work in an interdisciplinary research environment

Job/Position Description- The project is carried out in close collaboration with academic partners in Switzerland as well as other research groups at Empa.

Your Challenge

  • Together with our team of experienced scientists you will develop printed biodegradable energy storage systems on paper substrates for future applications in integrated environmental, agriculture and food sensing.
  • Development of tailored paper and nanocellulose based substrates that allow to store the functional materials and to activate the device on demand. 
  • Development of biodegradable inks for conductive and energy storage functionality. 
  • Realization, electrochemical characterization and application specific validation of printed materials and devices. 
  • Presentation of the research results at international scientific conferences and through high-impact publications.

We are an international team dedicated to advance the development of a new generation of active, renewable and highly functional biomaterials using cellulose and wood as material resources. We offer a challenging position (one year with possible extension) in a research institution in the Zürich area with outstanding infrastructure and within a broadly interdisciplinary setting. The position is available from January 1, 2019.

How to Apply- Research group look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

For Contact- For further information about the position please contact Dr Gustav Nyström, Head of the Applied Wood Materials Laboratory, [email protected]

Last Date for ApplyTill position filled

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