The Sustainable Food Processing group in the Department of Health Science and Technologyuses a combined approach of emerging food safety concepts, novel protein processing and sustainability assessment to target fundamental challenges in food science and society. Our research lies at the interface of biological systems and engineering.
We are looking for a candidate who is highly motivated to work in a collaborative project with several academic partners that aims at developing targeted microalgae cultivation and upstream processing approaches of relevant microalgae species under different growth modes.
Of particular interest are strategies for more efficient biomass production, including for instance innovative cell stress induction and continuous extraction mechanisms. Our emerging pulsed electric field platform will be one core focus. The aligned analysis of underlying cellular mechanisms during upstream processing is key for efficiently enhancing microalgae-based production concepts. In that context, advanced analytical technologies such as flow cytometry, fluorescence activated cell sorting, electron microscopy systems, and several omics platforms are available. The overall vision is to develop innovative microalgae based biorefinery concepts to leverage the full potential of microalgae as novel protein, lipid and carbohydrate sources with a strong focus on food innovations. The project will rely on a close collaboration with the whole ETH team and partners.
The candidate should have excellent academic qualifications, good communication skills, and strong self-motivation. In addition, enthusiasm and talent to engage in microbiology, biochemistry, and engineering related questions and the underlying mechanisms are required. Basic skills in working with microorganisms are expected. Openness for interdisciplinary work as well as a flexible mindset are required.
Experience in working with microalgae and bioprocessing will be considered a plus.
Furthermore, the successful candidate must have a Masters degree (or equivalent) in Biotechnology / Food Microbiology / Food Technology / Food Engineering / Bioprocessing / Biology or a closely related area. The position will be open until a suitable candidate is found.
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We look forward to receiving your online application including a CV, diplomas, a short statement of research interests and motivation (one page), a research proposal on the topic innovative microalgae upstream processing concepts (max. two pages) and contact details of 2 referees. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Furthermore, applications without a research proposal will not be considered either.
For further information about the group please visit our website www.sfp.ethz.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr. Alexander Mathys by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (no direct applications).