The SNI PhD School

In 2012, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute founded a PhD School to promote the education of young researchers in the nanosciences. The research activities address the cutting edge scientific and interdisciplinary approach of nanoscience and technology and root in disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and engineering.

Each doctoral student is supervised by two scientists from the interdisciplinary SNI network and belongs to the successful SNI PhD School. Within this network, scientific exchange and networking is of great importance. All PhD student participate in these meetings of the network as well as in their Winter School and several courses that are specifically designed to meet the requirements of the doctoral students.

The PhD School is highly international. Currently, PhD students from 15 different countries are enrolled.

Timeline 2024/2025

30 April 2024

Deadline for project proposal submission to Claudia Wirth

May - June

Review process

Late June

Information about project acceptance

July - December

Search for candidates, interviews and hiring, online application tool open
(A PhD student can be accepted at any point during this period)

1 January 2025

Earliest project start

1 July 2025Latest project start

Upcoming events

Swiss NanoConvention 2024
4-5 Juni 2024, Congress Center Basel

SNI Rhetoric Workshop (by invitation, participation once while being an SNI PhD student):
13-14 June 2024

Annual Event 2024:
4-6 September 2024

SNI Start-up Workshop (by invitation, participation once while being an SNI PhD student)
16-17 October 2024

NanoTec Apéro 2024 with industry partners
30 October 2024

Annual Event 2025:
10-12 September 2025



Dr. Thomas Mortelmans
"I can recommend the SNI PhD School to everybody who is interested in interdisciplinary science."

Dr. Thomas Mortelmans, former doctoral student at the SNI

Video with Thomas Mortelmans