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Doctoral Position in Development Engineering

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Engineering Design and Computing Laboratory has a fully-funded doctoral position to work in the area of Development Engineering and specifically the design of technical products for low resource settings.

Job description

The position is focused around low-cost medical devices and in particular a low-cost ventilator as one main example. The position also involves teaching assistance in the areas of engineering design and product development.

The PhD position is fully funded with a competitive salary according to ETH standards (only a small tuition fee is required at ETH). You will be part of a highly motivated, international team at one of the best universities in Europe. Besides working in our growing, ambitious team you will also have the chance to collaborate with students, other labs and industrial partners. Your ideas will help to actively shape our lab’s research and strengthen our position within the international research community.

Since we are an international team, English is our main working language. Knowledge of German is an advantage but not a must. We especially encourage women to apply.

The starting date is in Fall 2021. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Your profile

Are you creative, curious and can work across disciplines? Are you interested in engineering design, prototyping and engineering design methods? Are you interested in how we can use these skills to develop new technical products to solve challenging problems in low resource settings? Do you have a hands-on approach?

We are looking for excellent applicants with a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering who are motivated to carry out internationally leading research.

Knowledge in one or more of the following topics is an advantage:

  • engineering design
  • engineering design methods
  • development engineering
  • computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Finite Element Modeling (FEM)
  • computational optimization
  • product design

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • CV
  • University transcripts for both the Bachelor and Master degree
  • Two references that can be contacted for reference letters

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 Engineering Design and Computing Laboratory can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed by email to (no applications).

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

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