Fields of expertise
Industry Internships and Master Theses
Tools for Nanoscience
EMS for Space
Current workIndustry Internships for EPFL Master students
EPFL Excellence in Engineering (E3) Summer Research Internships
Engineering PhD Summit
Engineering Industry Day
Coodinated master theses in industry for EPFL Master students
BiographySebastian Gautsch is a Research and Teaching Associate at EPFL since 2012 and coordinates the Industrial Internships Program for Master students at the School of Engineering. He was intrumental in setting up coordinated master thesis in industry, and organizes the Industry Day, an event that fosters industry-academic collaborations.
Since 2018, he coordinates outreach initiatives like the E3 research internship program and the Engineering PhD Summit .
Sebastian Gautsch received his M.A.Sc. Degree in Electronical physics from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 1998. He did his Ph.D. degree in the field of micro-mechanical systems at the Institute of Microtechnology (IMT), University of Neuchâtel, in 2001. His PHD thesis was done in collaboration with NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena and led to the successful operation of an Atomic Force Microscope on the Phoenix Mission to the Planet Mars in 2008. This achievement had a broad impact in the media.
In parallel to his research activities he pursued an international swimming career until 2003. He then acquired the Federal Certificate in Sport Coaching in 2007 delivered by the Swiss Olympic Federation and coached the Elite Swimming Team of Red-Fish Neuchâtel between 2004 and 2009. He was instrumental in initiating and coordinating the Cantonal Olympic Project to support potential olympians. He was part of the coaching delegation at several international events for the Swiss Swimming National Team and qualified more than 20 swimmers for European, World Championships and the Olympic Games of Beijing in 2008.
Between 2004 and 2013 he successfully led the research activities in the field of Tools for Nanoscience at the Institute of Microengineering of EPFL at the Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Laboratory (SAMLAB) of Prof. Nico de Rooij. In 2011, he led the R&D activities in Electron Beam Lithography for the Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM). He was instrumental in creating the Swiss Chapter of the Mars Society in 2011 and is currently Vice President. Between 2011 and 2018 he lectured at the Bern University of Applied Science in the field of Micro and Medical Technology.
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Past research projectsMembrane Type Surface Stress Sensors, Cancer detection in human breath
Ultra-High Sensitivity Sensor with High Generality , collaboration with MANA NIMS Institute in Japan
AFM for Mars, design and fabrication of an interplanetary instrument based on MEMS technology
Probe array techonology for life science, collaboration with CSEM and Uiversity of Basel.
Insulated conductive AFM probes, Collaboration with the University of Bern
Complex nanostructures by E-Beam Lithography
Industry Internships Coordinator
School of Engineering (STI)
2012 - ...
School of Engineering (STI), EPFL
2018 - ...
Lecturer in Advanced MEMS Applications, Master Program of Microengineering
2012 - 2018
Research and Teaching Associate and Team Leader of the nanotools activities
The Sensors Actuators and Microsystems Laboratory (SAMLAB)
R&D Engineer on Nanolithography
Microsystems and Technology division
Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM)
Lecturer in the Bachelor program in Micro and Medical Technology
Department of Engineering and Information Technology
Bern University of Applied Science (BFH)
Scientific Collaborator, Team Leader and teaching activities within the framework of the Master program in Micro and Nanoscience
The Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Laboratory (SAMLAB)
University of Neuchâtel
2004 - 2007
Headcoach of the Elite Swimming Team
PhD thesis: Development of an atomic force microscope and measurement concepts for characterizing Martian dust and soil particles
University of Neuchâtel / Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Federal Certificate of Capacity (CFC) in sport coaching
Performance training, educational and coaching skills. Diploma thesis on polarized training methods and talent identification in swimming
Swiss Olympic Association
Management of R&D products
University of Neuchâtel
2002 - 2003
Development of an atomic force microscope and measurement concepts for characterizing Martian dust and soil particles
University of Neuch�tel / Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Master degree in Physical Electronics, Institute of Microtechnology
Microfabrication - Solid state physics - Optics - Analog and digital electronics - Signal and image processing
deliverred by the University of Neuchâtel
Gymnase cantonal of Neuchâtel
Peer reviewed papers and conference proceedings
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Teaching & PhD
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering