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Doctoral Students in Animal Nutrition in Zürich

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100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The group of Animal Nutrition at ETH Zurich is seeking 2 motivated, team-oriented candidates with a strong interest in the interface of basic and applied research in agricultural and nutrition sciences. The goal is to improve the health, production efficiency, and sustainability of livestock farms.

Job description

Research topics include:

  • Improve nutrition utilization efficiency and minimize environmental impacts of ruminants
  • Understand the gut microbial composition of ruminants in response to dietary shifts
  • Integrate precision farming technologies and implement statistical modeling and artificial intelligence

We offer exciting and future-oriented projects in a highly motivated research group that is equipped with excellent experimental and laboratory facilities. These are provided at the new research center AgroVet-Strickhof () which is where the successful candidates will be located. Supervision will be close but allows independent work. Scientific writing and participation in scientific conferences are very much supported. The doctoral salary is  47,040 CHF to start with. The duration of the position is three years, and the project is intended to start between September and November 2021, if possible. The successful applicants also have the opportunity for further education during the doctorate study (12 ECTS units acquired).

Your profile

A master’s degree in Animal Science, Agricultural Science, Nutrition Science, Food Science, Biology, Veterinary Medicine, or related disciplines is a prerequisite. Affinity for animal experiments and laboratory work is essential. Experience with statistical analysis, model development, and assessment is preferable. Writing scientific papers requires good knowledge of the English language.

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.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • A complete Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement (up to 1,000 words) describing your motivation, and planned contributions to the position
  • Complete academic record and copies of bachelor and master grades and certificates
  • Names, affiliation, and contact details for 3 individuals willing to act as a reference

Please note that we accept applications submitted through our online application portal (preferrable), or email directly to Prof. Mutian Niu ().

Feel free to contact Prof. Mutian Niu for further information.

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