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PhD position in Mechanical Engineering, Process Engineering – ETH Zurich, Switzerland 2022

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

The Product Development Group offers PhD position: Additive Manufacturing for extrusion of plant-based meat-analogues at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: According to Standard Norms

The Product Development Group
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland

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Qualification Details

We welcome highly motivated and curious applicants holding a MSc degree in mechanical or process engineering. The ideal candidate has a strong curiosity about additive manufacturing, fluidic process and engineering challenges. The position requires previous knowledge about engineering design, computational skills, simulations and experimental work. The position additionally requires an independent work style and teamwork skills. Experience with additive manufacturing, extrusion process and plant protein-based meat analogues are of advantage. Proficiency in English, both spoken and written is a requirement. Proficiency in German would be beneficial. Candidates should also have good interpersonal and communication skills.

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • contribute the scientific progress in the field of additive manufacturing and process engineering
  • planning and execution of experiments
  • coordinating and execution of the research project
  • support the maintenance of research equipment, such as SLM printer
  • synergize with team members and collaborators
  • participate in teaching activities

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

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

  • Letter of motivation (max. 1 page)
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Diplomas
  • Copy of your MSc thesis (or term paper if the thesis is not yet submitted)
  • Summary of your MSc thesis (max. 1 page)

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

About the Project

The professorship of Product Development and Engineering Design is working in the field additive manufacuring. We reinvent the design of parts and create new end to end value chains on the basis of additive manufacturing. In our research, we focus on design automation tools for fluidic systems and process applications. In our work we combine computational and experimental research approaches in the same extent.

Project background

Plant-based meat substitutes have become popular due to economic, environmental, ethical and health reasons. Industrial production is based on extrusion cooking, where the hot protein-water mixture is fed into a cooling die, in which the extrudate solidifies under shear to form a fibrous, meat-like texture. State-of-the-art extrusion dies entail a number of technological and business challenges. The goal is to investigate modular extrusion platforms based on additive manufacturing to overcome current challenges in the field of process engineering. The core focus is to investigate additive manufactured extrusion dies with integrated cooling structures for industrial production.

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About the Employer: ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Note or Other details

Have a look on our website to get an insight into our team, culture, projects and research activities.

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Further information about  the Group can be found on our website.

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

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Contact details

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Mirko Meboldt via email (no applications).

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