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Ref. No:  CH-2019-000245
Country: Switzerland
Company information

Employer: Empa - Swiss federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
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Business or product: applied R&D (biomed. engineering)
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Working place: Duebendorf
Nearest internat. airport: ZRH-Zuerich
Nearest public transport: Duebendorf
Number of employees: 1000
Working hours per week: 41.0
Daily working hours: 8.2

Student required

General discipline: Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Field of study: Molecular Biology
Study level: middle (4-6 semesters) / end (7 and more semesters)
Previous training: No
Language required for training:
English good
Other requirements:
The candidates must be available for beginning of March at latest
Student must be enrolled during internship (Company rule)

Work offered

Kind of work:
Microbial degradation of epoxy and carbon epoxy composites
The company's Laboratory for Mechanical Systems Engineering in Duebendorf in collaboration with the company's Applied Wood Laboratory in St. Gallen aims at investigating and characterizing the microbial degradation of epoxy and of carbon fiber-reinforced epoxy composites. Different routes for microbiological degradation of epoxy and carbon-fiber epoxy composites shall be compared in an experimental approach on laboratory-scale using selected fungal and/or bacterial strains, in pure culture as well as in a consortium. The bio-degradation shall be assessed with respect to material composition, material preparation, degradation rate, residuals, and carbon-fiber property degradation. The tasks performed by the intern/trainee will comprise, e.g., microbial culturing and monitoring, material manufacturing and processing, preparing and monitoring bio-degradation tests, partly in collaboration with the company's technicians, testing mechanical and other physical/mechanical properties at different stages of degradation, as well as providing data analysis and presenting results of the activities at regular project meetings.

With this traineeship you will acquire skills such as basic microbiological procedures, polymer processing, composite manufacturing, material characterization, and data analysis. You will get first-hand experience of microscopy and mechanical characterization, and you will use the most advanced characterization equipment. The company offers excellent research facilities, a multicultural and stimulating environment, student accommodation, internal lectures, etc.

The candidate is expected to have some background (B.Sc. completed, studying toward a M.Sc.) in the field of environmental or applied microbiology, materials chemistry, materials science, or biotechnology with strong experimental and analytical skills. Previous experience with microorganisms, polymers or polymer composite processing or characterization is preferred, but not essential. The candidate is expected to have good interpersonal skills to integrate within the project team and the Composite Group of the Laboratory for Mechanical Systems Engineering.
Category: Research and development
Number of weeks offered: min. 43 | max. 52
Within period: from 15.02.2019 to 01.03.2020
Work closed:
Gross pay: 2000 CHF per month
Max. deduction to be expected: approx. 10 % Social security AHV/IV


Lodging will be arranged by: Employer
Canteen facilities available at work: Yes
Estimated cost of lodging: 810 CHF per month
Estimated cost of living incl. lodging: 1600 CHF per month

Additional information

Deadline for nomination: 15.03.2019
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