PhD Position: Breath Sensors for Health Monitoring

The research of the Human-centred Sensing Laboratory centres around physics, chemistry and medicine to gain new fundamental understanding in micro/nanosystems for receptors and transducers to advance their fabrication and application in chemical sensing. The development of new technologies from conception to device engineering with validated performance under real conditions tackling healthcare and environmental issues is a particular emphasis. Embedded at ETH Zürich and closely connected to the University Hospital Zürich, our lab features a unique bouquet of fundamental and applied research to respond to our society’s needs.

Project background

Medical diagnostics are often invasive, time-consuming or expensive – frequently all three of these factors together. Breath analysis is a promising alternative that can provide diagnosis or medical monitoring quickly, non-invasively and inexpensively. This PhD project will be part of the inter-institutional collaboration Zurich Exhalomics, that aims to bring breath analysis into clinical routine

Job description

This full-time position offers you an exciting opportunity to perform cutting-edge research at the interface between engineering and medicine by developing new breath analyzers. You will join an inclusive, diverse, and supportive working environment that praises scientific curiosity and creativity. The earliest starting date is February 2023.

Your profile

  • You should have a recent Master’s degree (or be close to its completion) in Biomedical, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering or closely related disciplines from an internationally recognized university.
  • You should be curiosity-driven, creative, open-minded and independent, and have good communication skills, fluency in English (ideally also German) and the willingness to fully commit yourself as a part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • You should have strong interests in sensor technology, device engineering, and programming and be excited about the prospect of working experimentally in a lab and clinical settings.

We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

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We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your application with the following documents:

  1. Cover letter with a description of your research achievements and research interests
  2. Detailed CV
  3. Transcripts of all degrees including ranking information (English)
  4. Names and contact information of at least three references
  5. Representative published research work (Papers, thesis if possible).

Please submit the application documents using only the ETH online portal in a single merged PDF document, titled with your last name and initials as well as the application date (for example, 20230101_name_application).

For more information on our group can be found on our website. For further information please contact Prof. Andreas Güntner, at (e-mail applications will not be considered).