ETH Zurich
Sustainable Food Processing group
Prof. Dr. Alexander Mathys

Microalgae cultivation and processing

PhD position

The ETH Sustainable Food Processing group uses a combination of emerging food safety approaches, microalgae processing and life cycle sustainability assessment to target fundamental challenges in food science and society such as food security. We are recruiting by mutual agreement a Ph.D. student- Microalgae cultivation and processing.

We are looking for a candidate who is highly motivated to work in a collaborative project with an international food company that aims at developing targeted algae cultivation and processing of certain green algae species to deliver high value macronutrients. Of particular interest are innovative process applications based on advanced cell stress induction, disintegration, separation, conversion and stabilisation techniques. The aligned analysis of the algae structural changes during up- and downstream is key for an optimised food concept development.

The candidate should have excellent academic qualifications, good communication skills, and strong self-motivation. In addition, enthusiasm and talent to engage in engineering and microbial questions and the underlying mechanisms as well as in theoretical/modelling aspects is required.

Experience in algae biotechnology and algae microbiology will be considered a plus. Furthermore, the successful candidate must have a Master degree in Biotechnology/ Bioprocessing/ Food Technology/Food Engineering/ Food Microbiology or a closely-related area. The position will be open till February 2018.

A two-page research proposal considering above defined project scope and outlining current challenges, important literature and possible approaches to tackle innovative microalgae cultivation and processing challenges is required to consider the application.

We look forward to receiving your online application with a 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 note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about the group please visit our website Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr. Alexander Mathys, by email alexander.mathys[at] (no applications). group website

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