PhD position on "High Resolution Gravure Printing" for Printed Electronics

The success of Printed Electronics depends largely on the ability to print functional materials, with high resolution and at high speeds. To tackle this challenge, novel inks need to be developed, and the interplay of ink, cylinder design and process parameters needs to be understood and optimized. Goal of the project is to demonstrate the feasibility of gravure printing as a manufacturing technology for printed electronics. We will address this task in a collaborative effort with partner research groups at Empa Thun, EPFL, ETHZ, and two companies. Funding for the project is received from the Strategic Focus Area Advanced Manufacturing of the ETH Board (the strategic management body of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology and four research institutes) and is granted for a period of four years.


Your Tasks:

  • Formulation of gravure printing inks from 2D materials
  • Testing and evaluation of printed features on various gravure printer and cylinder configurations
  • Printing of functional devices

Your Profile:

You are a highly motivated experimentalist with a Master degree in physics, materials science, chemical engineering or a related discipline. You have hands-on laboratory experience in formulation of suspensions and solution deposition techniques and printing. Prior experience with gravure printing is a plus.


Our offer:

You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers. The experimental work will be carried out at Empa Dübendorf. You will be registered as a PhD student at EPFL.

For further information about the position please contact Dr Jakob Heier and visit our websites and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

Master of Science in chemistry and materials science

Empa is a materials science and technology research institution located near Zürich. It belongs to the ETH domain.

For a research project at the Laboratory for Functional Polymers at Empa we are searching a creative and highly motivated person, who is interested in doing a master thesis in the area of polysiloxane materials to be used in dielectric elastomer actuators (artificial muscles). This involves the synthesis of cyclosiloxane monomers and their polymerization, end-functionalization of the resulting polymers and their cross-linking in thin films. The mechanical, dielectric and electromechanical properties of the resulting materials should also be investigated.

The successful candidate has a background in synthetic organic, inorganic, polymer chemistry, or materials science and is highly motivated to work on this exciting topic in the interactive research team of Dr. Dorina M. Opris at Empa.

If you are interested, please contact: Dr. Dorina Opris