You will obtain functional constructs of living muscle tissue that can be implemented into robots as bio-actuators. The tissue will be realized via bioprinting or conventional biofabrication in 3D designs at the mm-to-cm scale. The deformation of the constructs will be achieved via electrical stimulation of contractile muscle cells, and integrated sensing elements will monitor the motion of the tissue constructs, improving functionality and autonomy.
- Biology, Engineering and Technology, Medical and Health Sciences
- Master Thesis, Semester Project
In nature, order arises across length scales through the collective behaviors of many microscopic objects or particles. Significant progress has recently been made in active matter research to understand emergent phenomena in a variety of biological systems. However, the availability of synthetic model systems that replicate biological counterparts and allow for systematic control of collective behaviors remains limited. In this project, we will create a unique system of synthetic, biomimetic microswimmers at interfaces with complex geometries. Using advanced techniques for direct observation with high-resolution in both space and time, a wide range of emergent phenomena will be investigated. The primary aim is to uncover the fundamental mechanics underlying active matter in living systems and to develop actively tunable materials with distinctive properties.
- Biomechanical Engineering, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
- Master Thesis
Global warming induces emissions changes in southern Greenlandic fjord systems, for example from marine algal blooms, emerging terrestrial vegetation, increasing glacial dust or fires. At the same time human activities in the area cause emissions from traffic, domestic activities and in particular animal herding. All these emissions change the composition of the atmosphere.
As part of this project, you will analyse aerosol filter samples in the lab, collected during the GreenFjord project's atmospheric cluster (https://greenfjord-project.ch/).
You will use state-of-the art mass spectrometers (AMS, L-ToF, Orbitrap) to shed light into the chemical composition of aerosol particles. This work will be carried out at and with the team of the Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry at PSI, Switzerland.
- Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry (incl. Atmospheric Chemistry)
- Internship, Lab Practice, Master Thesis
The goal of the project is to develop a simple and versatile method for production of robust conductive patterns on textile via deposition of conductive polymers. This technology will allow further development of wearable electronics for biomedical applications.
- Chemistry, Medical and Health Sciences, Polymers
- Bachelor Thesis, Semester Project
The goal of the project is to modify commercially available conductive yarns to improve their operational properties for potential employment in novel garment-embedded sensors for human motion detection.
- Engineering and Technology, Medical and Health Sciences, Other Chemistry
- Semester Project
Environmental monitoring is becoming one of the fundamental challenges of our time. We are seeking to develop a platform that can be deployed on the top of a tree canopy and remain there for extended periods of time for environmental monitoring.
- Environmental Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics
- Internship, Master Thesis, Semester Project
Our goal is to establish a heterocellular 3D printed bone organoid model comprising all major bone cell types (osteoblasts, osteocytes, osteoclasts) to recapitulate bone remodeling units in an in vitro system. The organoids will be produced with the human cells, as they could represent human pathophysiology better than animal models, and eventually could replace them. These in vitro models could be used in the advancement of next-generation personalised treatment strategies. Our tools are different kinds of 3D bioprinting platforms, bio-ink formulations, hydrogels, mol-bioassays, and time-lapsed image processing of micro-CT scans.
- Biomaterials, Biomechanical Engineering, Cell Development (incl. Cell Division and Apoptosis), Cellular Interactions (incl. Adhesion, Matrix, Cell Wall), Polymers
- Bachelor Thesis, ETH Zurich (ETHZ), Internship, Master Thesis, Semester Project
The Intern will be recruited for a research project on trace metals in agricultural soils. Specifically, we are looking for an intern to support a doctoral student in the laboratory for soil analyses. You will receive salary, intense training in the preparation of soil samples for chemical analyses, wet chemistry, data management as well as data analyses and quality control procedures using ICP-MS. These tasks require a reliable working style to assure that the data is of high quality and an active communication to coordinate with the PhD student. You will be part of two international and collaborative research and PhD teams from the Group of Plant Nutrition. The group frequently meets for scientific exchange which will facilitate your integration into the team. For the internship, you will receive support from the supervisors and members of the Group of Plant Nutrition. The project will be mostly conducted at ETH’s Research Station for Plant Sciences that also offers opportunities for affordable housing.
Questions? Please contact us. Interested? Please send a CV, a short motivation letter, and diploma or transcripts from your ongoing BSc or MSc studies.
- Crop and Pasture Production, Soil and Water Sciences
- Internship, Student Assistant / HiWi
In dieser klinischen Studie werden jugendliche Patienten mit Skoliose einer Röntgenuntersuchung unterzogen. Anschliessend werden optische 3D Aufnahmen der Rückenoberfläche in verschiedenen Haltungen und Bewegungen aufgenommen. Die Ergebnisse aus den optischen 3D Aufnahmen werden in der Datenauswertung mit den klinischen Parametern aus der Röntgenauswertung verglichen.
- Internship, Master Thesis
Cell-based therapies have emerged as a powerful platform for treating pathological phenotypes . A focus of synthetic biology is to engineer cellular systems that can act by releasing therapeutic effectors to mitigate disease states . Developing such circuits remains a great challenge. The goal of this project is to engineer genetic circuits in human cells and establish cell lines for therapeutic applications. Within this task, the prospective student may explore different genetic topologies and develop various cell line engineering workflows and co-culture assays.
- Biotechnology, Engineering and Technology
- ETH Zurich (ETHZ), Master Thesis, Semester Project