07/06/2019

Doctoral student – Sustainable insect production and processing

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    ETH Zurich
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Agricultural sciencesOther
    Biological sciencesOther
    EngineeringOther
    Environmental scienceEcology
    Environmental scienceOther
    TechnologyBiotechnology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    07/07/2019 18:18 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Switzerland › Zurich
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38

Doctoral student – Sustainable insect production and processing
We are looking for a candidate who is highly motivated to work as part of an EU-funded and collaborative project with the Swiss Federal Research Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) on production of safe and sustainable insects (e.g. black soldier fly larvae, mealworms) from organic wastes and side streams. Sustainability, safety and scalability of the insect industry will largely depend on the efficient use of low-value substrates for insect production.

In line with these needs, the doctoral student will determine preferred physical properties of substrates, pre- and co-treatment (e.g. microbial) strategies and feeding experiment standards. In addition, the successful candidate will towards exploring new insect products while ensuring their safety with innovative non-thermal processing technologies. Embedded in an international multidisciplinary research team, the candidate will work towards making sustainable insect products and organic waste and side stream management a global reality, contributing to food security and resource management.

The candidate should have excellent academic qualifications, good communication skills, and strong self-motivation. In addition, enthusiasm, talent, and interest to engage independently in multidisciplinary research (i.e. engineering, microbiology, food science, animal nutrition, entomology) and the underlying mechanisms is required. The successful candidate must have a Master degree (or equivalent) in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Microbiology, Agricultural Sciences, Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Ecology or Food Science. The candidate should have a sound foundation in biology, microbiology and food processing principles, and be interested in entomology. The position will be open until a suitable candidate has been indentified.
We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: cover letter including short statement of experience and qualification, a comprehensive CV, a short statement of research interests (one page) and contact information for two academic references via the following link: https://emea2.softfactors.com/job-opening/rgum-3fK0qCEWgAgBAHIEiY#/?lang=en. Please apply exclusively via the online application portal. Applications sent by e-mail or post will not be considered.

For further information on this position please contact Prof. Dr. Alexander Mathys by email only at alexander.mathys@hest.ethz.ch (no applications) and visit our website www.sfp.ethz.ch.

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Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Agricultural sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Engineering
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Environmental science
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Environmental science
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Technology
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
ETH Zurich
Switzerland
Zurich
8006
Rämistrasse 101

EURAXESS offer ID: 415624
Posting organisation offer ID: 130155

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