Openings


Postdoctoral Position (2): The Laboratory for Functional Inorganic Materials (LFIM) is interested in hiring two postdoctoral collaborators to focus on the design of porous adsorbents for the extraction of metals from highly complex liquid media.

Applicant: A PhD in chemistry with strong synthetic skills related to the synthesis of complex organic molecules or polymers, the desing of porous adsobents, and/or the development of novel surface modifications. It is highly beneficial if the candidate is familiar with most of the following characterization techniques such as  powder XRD, TGA, MS, IR, Raman, ICP, MALDI, NMR, EXAFs, XPS, and SEM. Candidates with experience in the analysis of surface area and assessment of pore size distribution is a plus.  The candidate should be creative, productive, possess a high level of self-motivation, and have an excellent publication record. Excellent oral and written communication skills with a strong proficiency in English are required.

Location: The position is located on the chemistry campus of EPFL-ISIC-Valais in Sion Switzerland.

The appointment is to work on an industrial project for one year and may be renewed for a second upon mutual agreement. Please email your application to Prof. Wendy Queen at [email protected] Please include a detailed CV, research statement, and the names of at least three references. Please also put “Postdoc_position_delivery” as the email subject. The position can begin as early as April 2020. Candidates will be encouraged to apply for fellowships.


Entrepreneurial-Minded Engineer (1): The LFIM is looking for an entrepreneurial-minded engineer who is motivated by and enthusiastic about driving new, sustainable technologies to market. The aim of our research program in LFIM is on the development of materials which can help improve human and environmental well-being. If you are such a like minded individual, we would like your help in i) further developing some our technology that can remove toxic contaminates and high value commodities from liquids and ii) taking our technology to market via the formation of a new start-up.

The duties include but are not limited to:

  • Testing materials and developing devices meant to perform in application relevant environments;
  • Driving market analysis of materials/products;
  • Assessing their overall environmental footprint;
  • Interfacing with potential customers to better understand their needs;
  • Business development;
  • Seeking additional funding.

Applicant: For the selected candidate, we envision a person that has at least a Masters or PhD in engineering fields. In particular, we are looking for a person with a background in separations and porous adsorbents. Added experience with process development, product design, life-cycle assessment, and/or techno economic impact assessment is a bonus. You must also be willing to live and or relocate to Switzerland permanently. Furthermore, ideally you should have prior exposure and experience in entrepreneurship and starting up a company, as well as a desire to be involved in the creation of a start-up from the work you will be involved with.

If you feel that you fit these criteria and are truly passionate about making a positive influence in the world all while developing strategies to build revenue, you are encouraged to apply.

The optimal candidate would have a degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or related fields and have some working knowledge of standard inorganic synthesis, standard characterization techniques (such as IR, XRD, Surface area measurements), porous adsorbents, and separations. However, all interested candidates are encouraged to apply.

Location: The work will initially be carried out on the Chemistry campus of EPFL located in Sion, Switzerland.

It should be noted that this position is not for people who are only interested in fundamental research. The candidate should be creative and possess a high level of self-motivation, independence, and a strong desire to apply their skill set to help make positive impacts on humanity. Excellent oral and written communication skills with a strong proficiency in English.  Proficiency in French and/or German is considered to be a big plus. Please send your CV and a motivation letter to Professor Wendy L. Queen via email: [email protected]. Please also put “entrepreneurial-minded engineer” as the email subject.


PhD Position (1): The laboratory for functional inorganic materials (LFIM) is looking to hire a new PhD collaborators to be focused on designing novel adsorbents for the extraction of heavy metals from water and other complex media to start sometime in 2021.

Applicant: The optimal candidate would have a degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or related fields and have some working knowledge of standard hydrothermal and solvothermal synthesis, organic chemistry, standard characterization techniques (including NMR, IR, XRD, Surface area measurements), porous adsorbents, and separations. However, all interested candidates are encouraged to apply.  The research will be carried out on the Chemistry campus of EPFL located in Sion, Switzerland while some of the course work will be carried out on the main EPFL campus located in Lausanne. It should be noted that this position requires acceptance into the EPFL doctoral program. Please refer to the EPFL website to apply, http://phd.epfl.ch/edch.

Location: The position is located on the chemistry campus of EPFL-ISIC-Valais in Sion Switzerland.

Please email your application to Prof. Wendy Queen at [email protected] Please include a detailed CV, research statement, and the names of at least three references. Please also put “PhD position_adsorbents” as the email subject. The position can begin as early as January 2020. Candidates will be encouraged to apply for fellowships.


6-Month Full-time Internships (2): The LFIM is looking to hire two interns focused on the optimization of materials that are used to extract metals from liquids. Students from EPFL or other Swiss institutions are preferred.

Applicant: The candidates should have a bachelor-level degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, process engineering, or a related field. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply. Projects will consist of optimizing samples, scale-up synthesis, testing structuring protocols, and testing materials in continuous flow using a home built breakthrough apparatus.. All work will be conducted in the Laboratory for Functional Inorganic Materials.

Location: The positions are located at the chemistry campus of EPFL-ISIC-Valais in Sion, Switzerland.

Please email your application to Prof. Wendy Queen at [email protected] Please include a detailed CV, statement of intent, and the names of references. Candidates are required to work full time Monday through Friday for up to 6 months. This is a payed internship for EPFL students and is a great opportunity for masters level researchers.