PhD Position in Organs-on-Chip

University of Bern
February 14, 2023
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PhD Position in Organs-on-Chip

development of next generation lung-on-chip system

Are you looking for a PhD position that will allow you to develop cutting-edge technologies and work at the forefront of personalized medicine? Our team is looking for a highly motivated and talented PhD student to help us develop next generation organs-on-chips (OOC) platforms.

You have a strong background in theoretical and experimental microfluidics, engineering, and ideally, convincing cell culture experience. You dream about developing new in-vitro models that will replace animal testing, you like developing non-standard microfabrication techniques, are interested in lab automation, are not afraid of learning and spending time culturing cells and willing to learn about vascular biology and pulmonary arterial hypertension, then don't hesitate to apply.


  • MSc degree in Mechanical Eng., Microsystems Eng., Biomedical Eng. or equivalent
  • Experience with designing and characterizing microfluidic chips and set- ups (CAD, numerical simulation)
  • Excellent theoretical understanding of microfluidic and fluid mechanics phenomena
  • Practical experience of cell culture in microfluidic systems & fluorescence microscopy (incl. software Fiji,...) is a plus
  • Ability to think creatively and independently
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Personal skills:

    The applicant must have a creative and committed personality, good organizational skills, the ability to work autonomously, but willing to perform and interact efficiently within a multidisciplinary team.

    Who we are:

    We are an interdisciplinary research group, the Organs-on-Chip Technologies (OOC) Lab from the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research of the University of Bern. We focus on the development of advanced in-vitro models (organs-on-chip) by combining engineering, microfluidics, microtechnologies, material sciences and cell biology. The project is a collaboration with Charité (Berlin, D) and Stanford University (USA).

    What we offer:

  • A friendly, stimulating, international and multidisciplinary environment.
  • A workplace in Bern, Switzerland's capital, known for its high quality of life and surrounded by beautiful nature, perfect for hiking, biking, swimming and winter sports.
  • The successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School for Biomedical Engineering of the University of Bern (medical faculty).
  • How to apply :

    Send us a cover letter (avoid standard cover letter, but answer the following questions: a) why you are interested to work with us, b) why do you like microfluidics?) , your CV and the contact details of two references and two letters of recommendation) in a single pdf document with the mention “OOC PhD position” in the subject line to [email protected] The review of the applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For more information, visit our website and for questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Olivier Guenat.

    References: (1) Bichsel et al., Tissue Engineering Part A 21 (15-16), 2166-2176, (2) Zeinali et al., APL Bioeng. 2021 Apr 2;5(2):026102.


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