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PhD Position in Physical Chemistry: the electrochemical characterization of membrane active compounds

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  • Full or part time
    Prof K Sugihara
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

In the Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Geneva, Switzerland, we have an opening for a PhD position in the area of Physical Chemistry on the electrochemical characterization of membrane transport.

Project description

In this collaborative project, we clarify the mechanism of the membrane transport of different novel compounds for the application of drug delivery.

Many chemical compounds that have been found to have excellent anti-cancer, anti-viral, anti-bacterial activities fail to become medical treatments because they do not reach the right place of the bodies and the cell organelles. This field is called drug delivery, and currently the largest bottleneck in the medical applications of novel chemical compounds. Different strategies such as cell penetrating peptides have been proposed for delivering drugs to the desired place inside cells, yet its mechanism how peptides control the delivery place is not known. In this project, we will unravel its mechanism by an electrochemical characterization tool recently developed in our group. The long-term goal of this research is to develop an efficient drug delivery system based on our mechanistic studies for creating new treatments for different urgent diseases.


Prerequisites are masters or diploma in physics, chemistry or physical chemistry. Highly-motivated students who are interested in pursuing a research career would be encouraged to apply. Starting date is flexible. The selection procedure starts as soon as we received qualified candidates till the position is filled.

How to apply

For general information, please visit our website If you would like to apply, please send an application including (1) Motivation letter, (2) Your complete CV, (3) Full contact information of two professional references with phone and email. The entire application material should be sent as a single email to [Email Address Removed].


Characterization of di-4-ANEPPS with Nano-Black Lipid Membranes
M. Tsemperouli, K. Sugihara
Nanoscale 10, 1090 (2018)

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