Doctoral student – Optimization of pulsed electric field processing for bio-based applications

100%, Zurich, temporary

The ETH Sustainable Food Processing group uses a combination of emerging food safety approaches, novel protein processing, and life cycle sustainability assessment to target fundamental challenges in food science and society such as food security.

Job description

We are looking for a candidate who is highly motivated to work on a research project focusing on pulsed electric fields applications on biological cells (e.g. microalgae). Targeting the technology readiness level of strategies developed in our laboratory (e.g. nsPEF induced growth stimulation) is a core research focus.

Your profile

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, biophysics, microbiology, food science, multiphysics simulation) and the underlying mechanisms is required. The successful candidate must have a Master degree (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Food Science or a closely-related area. The candidate should have a sound foundation in multiphysics simulation, fluid mechanics and electric engineering, and be interested in food processing. The position will be open until a suitable candidate has been identified.

ETH Zurich

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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. 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 (no applications) and visit our website

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