Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is
part of the ETH Domain. Approximately 600 people work on the sustainable use
and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.
The Biodiversity and Conservation Biology research unit offers within the SNSF
research project "Laying the foundations for drag reduction in stent
applications using ferrofluids" for four years , with start in fall
2021, a position as a (w/m/d)
PhD student in fluid mechanics / biomedical flow research
You will develop cutting-edge technology for the reduction of stent thrombosis
and restenosis events, based on a multidisciplinary approach linking fluid
mechanics and biomedical engineering. The nanotechnology is based on
magnetorheological fluids, also called ferrofluids (FFs), which will be used
as a lubricant for the reduction of harmful wall shear stresses generated at
the stent surface. Your tasks include the experimental measurement of drag
reduction of ferrofluid coated pipes and obstacles, as well as the application
of this knowledge to design lubricated arterial stents. The design consists in
varying the stent strut shape to promote streamlined flow and suppress flow
separation, which will inhibit thrombosis and stimulate endothelialization.
You will present results at international conferences and publish in
scientific journals. You will assist in the teaching/exercise part of an MSc
course at ETHZ.
You have a MSc degree in engineering, physics or a similar field, with
experience in fluid mechanics and biomedical engineering. You have a very good
background in programming (e.g. Matlab) and experimental work and an
excellent command of the English language both written and spoken. You are
very motivated and work independently and goal-oriented. You will be based in
the Environmental Fluid Mechanics team with Dr. Markus Holzner with offices at
WSL Birmensdorf and laboratory at ETH Hönggerberg.
Please send your complete application including the following documents: a
motivation letter, a research summary of past accomplishments, CV (resumé),
and the names and contact details of 2 referees by latest August 15th 2021
to Michèle Bucher, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested PDF
documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.
Markus Holzner, markus.holzner(at)wsl.ch, will be happy to answer any
questions. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its
employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply
for this position.