Atomic Force Microscopy Specialist

The Laboratory for Soft Materials and Interfaces, headed by Prof. Lucio Isa, is looking for a talented and motivated manager for their Atomic Force Microscopy lab. The group is active in a broad range of research and educational activities in the area of colloidal materials and fluid interfaces. As a part of its suite of characterization techniques, the lab currently has three research AFMs (Asylum MFP-3D AFM, Bruker Dimension Icon, JPK Nanowizard 3), which are extensively used for imaging and force spectroscopy (normal and lateral force measurements – nanotribology) and two educational AFMs (Nanosurf NaioAFM). In order to provide continuity to the AFM facility, the lab is looking for an AFM specialist.

Job description

The expected duties for the position are:

  • Management and operation of the AFM lab. In particular:
    • Maintenance of all instrumentation to the highest working standards
    • Training and supervision of regular users
    • Performance of service measurements for users and reporting
    • Direct involvement in research projects (internal and collaborations) through performance of measurements, advising and reporting
  • Teaching of AFM courses (course preparation, organization of the course material, coordination of teaching assistants, classroom teaching)
  • Extension of the lab management duties to optical microscopes and nanolithography tools (to happen over a max. period of 2 years from employment start).
  • Participation and contribution to the academic activities of the lab, e.g. group meetings.

Your profile

The ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in operating AFMs for research, as witnessed by relevant peer-reviewed scientific publications. In particular, previous experience with high-resolution imaging, nanoindentation and nanotribology, and colloidal probe microscopy
  • Extensive experience (min. 3 years) of running and managing an AFM lab (instrument maintenance and upgrade, user training, performing service measurements and reporting)
  • Direct experience in teaching AFM to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Good communications skills (written and oral)
  • Comfortable and enthusiastic about working in a diverse and multicultural team
  • Excited and willing to learn additional techniques (e.g. optical microscopy, nanolithography) and manage the corresponding instrumentation and users

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.


We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: a curriculum vitae including a list of scientific publications and a precise description of pre-existing AFM research experience and education, a letter of motivation and contact details of two referees. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about the laboratory can be found on our website For questions about the position, please contact Prof. Lucio Isa, email (no applications).

The deadline for applications is 31.12.2019. Applications will be screened immediately after the deadline and employment will start as soon as possible, upon mutual agreement.

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ETH Zurich
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Job Info
Job Status: Open
No of Vacancies: 1
Date Posted: December 11, 2019
Expiry Date: 2019-12-31
Job Type: Other
Job Level: Any
Years of Experience: 3
Salary Info
Salary Type: Negotiable
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