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14.07.2024

PhD position

Single cell encapsulation and high throughput screening technologies

Unique opportunity for a PhD position in an industrial setting.

Position descritpion

The fully financed position is part of a collaboration project between the University of Applied Sciences HES-SO Valais-Wallis as well as the pharma and biotechnology company Lonza AG with academic supervision from ETH Zürich (Prof. Sven Panke; degree awarding University).
We are currently looking for a highly motivated PhD student (m/w/x) that is interested in the development of new DNA based tools for the application of high throughput screening of microbial cells for industrial application. The PhD position is part of the group of Prof. Nils Hanik, at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland Valais, Institute of Life Science in Sion. The project is coordinated by Lonza AG (Armin Baumschlager).

Your profile

  • MSc degree in biotechnology, molecular biology or equivalent
  • Experience in plasmid construction, working with recombinant expression in microbial cells and strain characterization with fluorescence flow cytometry (FFC), together with knowledge of microencapsulation techniques will be an added advantage
  • Ready to take project leadership
  • Strong communication skills in English
  • Independant working style
  • Motivated to work in an interdisciplinary team between academia and industry. The successful candidate enjoys collaborating with scientists and engineers outside of their discipline

What we offer

  • Stimulating research project with direct application in industry
  • The University of applied science holds outstanding connections to the biotech and pharma industry
  • Modern and high-end facilities, profound scientific expertise, an interactive work environment in a young, motivated team, as well as the beautiful town of Sion as an appealing place to work and live


Employment : 100%
Place of Work : Sion
Starting date : October 2024 (ETH Zürich PhD entry requirements)

For further information, please contact Nils Hanik, professor UAS, at nils.hanik(α)hevs.ch.


Highly qualified and motivated students are invited to apply for the PhD position.

Applicants should submit their diploma certificate, CV and a motivation letter including full contact details of two referees to Nils Hanik, E-mail: nils.hanik(α)hevs.ch. Submission deadline: 19.07.2024.