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The ETH Zurich Sustainable Food Processing group in the Department of Health Science and Technology uses a combined approach of emerging food safety concepts, novel protein processing, sustainability assessments and biowaste processing with the black soldier fly to target fundamental challenges in food science and society. Our research lies at the interface of biological systems and engineering. Without partners at the Department of Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development (Sandec) at Eawag and the Singapore-ETH Centre we are recruiting on a rolling basis (open until we identified a suitable candidate) for spring of 2023 or by mutual agreement a doctoral student.
Black soldier fly processing is an emerging technology for the recycling of organic waste. Depending on the rearing conditions, the process can be optimized towards different objectives including waste management or the production of different raw materials for food production. Unfortunately, ideal rearing conditions are poorly understood. Waste treatment and product quality are especially notoriously unreliable on wastes due to the natural variability in nutrient composition and microbial communities. Identifying rearing conditions is complicated by many interconnected parameters such as feedstock composition, larval density, environmental conditions, rearing duration, feeding rate and height, affecting waste treatment and product quality. These rearing conditions should also include factors that affect the production of higher-value products beyond bulk protein and fats.
You are expected to explore heterogeneous and dynamic rearing conditions resulting in the optimization of higher-value products, for example, melanin, chitin or lauric acid. The objective is to develop a dynamic growth model that predicts rearing conditions for optimal waste treatment and production of high-value products. Ultimately, the findings are expected to increase the understanding of this novel process and aid the development of practical tools. The research will be completed within the collaboration on black soldier fly research by, and the . The project background should be seen as a broad framework that can be detailed and altered based on the applicant's background and interest.
As a Doctoral Candidate, you will be responsible for research working towards the development of a dynamic growth model to predict rearing conditions for waste treatment and the production of high-value products.
Your tasks will include:
ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. The position is open to international students. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. There is no formal application deadline. The call is open until we identified a suitable candidate.
We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:
Please note that applications without these documents will not be considered. Further information about our research can be found on , and . Questions regarding the position should be directed to Moritz Gold, email@example.com.
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