Monday, April 19, 2021

Postdoc in engineering for research in sensing garments and textiles


The Biomedical and Mobile Health Technology Lab at ETH Zurich is a multidisciplinary team headed by Professor Dr Carlo Menon. Professor Menon has a strong publication record and has founded two start-up companies. We are imaginative builders who use our knowledge in materials science, engineering, computer science, and medicine to find bold, creative solutions to real-world problems.

The Biomedical and Mobile Health Technology Lab is spread over an area of 340 square meters in a building—the Balgrist Campus—designed to foster collaboration. Built in 2016, the open architecture is geared towards interdisciplinary research to promote innovation, research translation, and increase impact. The facility houses rapid prototyping machines, exoskeletons, instrumented treadmills, two MRI systems, two CT scan machines, wet labs, and characterization systems, among other equipment.  

Project background

We have recently explored the design of garments embedded with sensing filaments to monitor movement and health. We developed strain-, capacitive- and inductive-based filaments and validated they can be used to reconstruct biomechanics as well as capture bio-signals such as heart rate. Your role will be to take these preliminary results, add your inventive contribution and develop innovative textile-based technology to revolutionize personalized training and medicine.

Job description

Do you have a background in mechanical, electrical or chemical engineering? Have you ever designed electronic textiles, strain sensors, polymer-based sensors, or other miniaturized sensors? Are you interested in developing innovative wearable technologies for sport and health applications?

We are looking for someone who can think outside the box and identify technologies and applications that are complementary. If you have an interest in applying your fundamental knowledge to producing relevant and impactful health monitoring wearable devices, then please apply. The research will be highly collaborative—you should be eager to learn new science and technologies and contribute to the group through knowledge transfer of your expertise. We encourage growth as a scientist and academic; we aim to publish high-impact peer-reviewed publications and develop patents for potential commercialization.

We expect you to keep up to date with relevant literature to recognize potential new avenues of research. You should explore and present these ideas to Prof Menon and the research group on a regular basis. Projects with the highest potential will be decided upon with the help of Prof Menon. You should be independent in planning, executing, writing/communicating, and presenting your research. Support will be available from Prof Menon and the research group as required. We expect you to produce multiple high-level publications as well as to continue and expand the project(s) with support from Masters/PhD students. Research that has innovation potential will have the full backing of Prof Menon and ETH Zurich for exploring potential avenues of commercialization.

As a postdoc at ETH Zurich, you would be a paid employee of the university. Please see the ETH Zurich postdoctoral candidate website for information. You will receive benefits including social security contributions, subsidized fitness club/gym membership, and plenty of support for future career planning. ETH Zurich is an equal opportunity employer.

Your profile

We are looking for outstanding candidates with the ambition to make revolutionary scientific and technological contributions. Ideal candidates should be excellent researchers and also excellent communicators able to work well in team. We are looking for creative individuals who are not just executing but are able to propose novel ideas, concepts and translate an idea to impactful, tangible results. We expect you to publish high-quality scientific articles.

Evaluation criteria include (but are not limited to):

  • the quality of your scientific contributions
  • your fit within the team
  • your interpersonal skills


We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • a cover letter describing why you want to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship and why you are interested in this type of research (we encourage you to highlight how you will contribute in the team and why you think you are the best fit for both the research and the laboratory)
  • a detailed CV including your grades at both the undergraduate and graduate level, any publication(s) and any patent(s)
  • a copy of your PhD degree or proof of enrolment and expected date of completion
  • a list with the contact details of at least 3 professors/supervisors as references

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 Biomedical and Mobile Health Technology Lab at ETH Zurich can be found on our website: For further information, please contact Ms Veronika Hall Abraham, email (no application documents).

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