Pre-doctoral position

Microfluidic Flow-chemistry Reactors

Ref. 2023_011

With 30 research groups and almost 100 researchers involved, the national research framework NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering focuses on systems chemistry and biology for the creation of molecular factories. As part of this research initiative, IBM Research Zurich offers a PhD position for the ongoing 3rd phase of the project. Your work will target the development of functional, silicon-based flow reactors which are equipped with multiple reaction triggers and on-line analytics to enable reaction control. These components will be part of automated on-chip synthesis systems. The focus of your research will be on:

  • design, fabrication and characterization of microfluidic flow-chemistry systems;
  • simulation of fluid-dynamic behavior in multi-source and multi-path flow reactors;
  • experimental testing of the reactors in fully-automated systems, linked to analytics;
  • exploration of new synthetic pathways including heterogenous catalysis, complex reaction networks, and upcycling of CO2, and
  • optimization of the chemical yields and protocols by close-loop feedbacks.



The project offers unique insight into today's interdisciplinary and international research and learning environment with interfaces and networking opportunities to business, university, health care and life sciences. Excellent training possibilities in state-of-the-art research methodology and a supportive environment will help to shape and drive your scientific project to successful results. The position will be located at IBM Research Zurich with access to the Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center.

Applicants are expected to hold a master's degree in a natural science or an engineering field and to have a broad interest in microfabrication, simulation, chemistry, automatization and analytics. Further experience with simulation, data analysis, communication and presentation skills as well as practical clean-room experience would be of added value. If you are enthusiastic, willing to learn and explore, and want to become part of an open, collaborative and multi-cultural team dedicated to scientific excellence, then please apply below.


IBM is committed to diversity at the workplace. With us you will find an open, multicultural environment. Excellent flexible working arrangements enable all genders to strike the desired balance between their professional development and their personal lives.

How to apply

If you are interested in this position and you fulfill all the requirements, please submit your application including a motivation letter, a complete curriculum vitae and the names of at least two references.