The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland includes nine schools with approx. 13’000 students. We are looking for you to join the School of Engineering, in the Institute of Polymer Nanotechnology (INKA), from 1 May 2021 in Windisch, Switzerland
PhD position Laser micromachining of polymers
Your tasks Within the H2020 ITN project SIMPPER_MedDev, 12 PhD positions are available in the context of medical device manufacturing. One of these PhDs is based at FHNW and deals with the laser micromachining of polymers (project ESR7) in close cooperation with the Institute of Product and Production Engineering (IPPE).
A fundamental understanding of the different effects and their interplay is required to improve the microstructures obtained by laser micromachining of amorphous thermoplastic materials. Using different laser sources, you will investigate the ablation physics of polymers in detail to enable the development of suitable writing strategies for texturing transparent polymers with high surface quality. Another focus is on laser micromachining of high-performance polymers to produce robust master structures with good surface quality for prototype tools suitable for injection molding or hot embossing of functional samples in small series.
Your profile You have a very good degree in mechanical engineering, materials science or plastics engineering with a strong flair for micro- and nanostructured surfaces. Practical experience in the fields of laser micromachining and plastics processing as well as applications of functional surface structures and surface analytics is desirable. Practical laboratory experience, independent working style, ability to work in a team and confident English skills for project-related communication (both spoken and written) are required. German language skills (working language) are desirable, but not mandatory. You have a lot of initiative to work in a scientifically exciting and application-oriented environment, are creative and open-minded. Experience in project management is desirable.
Applications from suitably qualified female applicants are particularly welcome.
Your application as
before 26 March 2021 online via the following button to Alberto Tagliatti, HR officer. For clarification of any questions related to the open position, please contact Prof. Dr. Per Magnus Kristiansen (firstname.lastname@example.org, +41 56 202 73 86) or Prof. Dr. Ronald Holtz (email@example.com, +41 56 202 83 58). Please consult in advance the extensive information on the call for applications (including further PhD projects) and the admission requirements provided at the following LINK. Further information on the research activities at the two institutes INKA and IPPE can be found at www.fhnw.ch/technik/inka, and www.fhnw.ch/technik/ippe, respectively.