Postdoc Researcher Position in University of Zurich UZH Switzerland

Postdoctoral Researcher Position – Microalgae in Human Nutrition and Health ETH Zurich, Aug 2022


The ETH Zurich invites applications for a Postdoctoral position project between the ETH Sustainable Food Processing Group and Nutrition and Metabolic Epigenetics Group in the Department of Health Science & Technology (D-HEST), Switzerland – Aug 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Oct 01, 2022
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: According to standard norms

ETH Sustainable Food Processing Group

ETH Zurich, Switzerland


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Qualification Details

You will have a Doctoral degree (or equivalent) in Nutrition, Metabolic Research, Health Sciences, or a closely-related field, with excellent academic qualifications. You must be fluent in both written and spoken English. Relevant experiences in vitro and in vivo analyses of nutritional and health impacts will be considered a plus. An independent and self-motivated researcher who is able to work in a fast-paced interdisciplinary environment is highly appreciated.

Responsibilities/Job Description

We are starting the recruitment for a Post-Doctoral Researcher - Microalgae in Human Nutrition and Health beginning of June 2022. The position is going to be open until a suitable candidate is found. Start date by mutual agreement with the latest start date on October 1st, 2022. The position is fully funded.

Job description

This collaborative project aims to assess the potential nutritional and health benefits of microalgae-based foods, such as proteins or peptide fractions for final food applications. The project objectives are two-fold:

  • to quantify nutritional and health impacts of microalgae biomass fractions in vitro (cellular systems) in a broader scope, and
  • to link these in vitro results to targeted and focused in vivo analyses using animal models such as mice and/or mini pigs

An additional focus will be the comparison with other future foods and alternative proteins (e.g., plant-based foods, cultured meat, and insects) in collaboration with several international partners. The whole research is strongly aligned with our Singapore ETH Centre SEC led project on Urban Microalgae-Based Protein Production.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

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

  • Cover letter including a short statement of experience and qualifications
  • Diplomas/ transcripts
  • Comprehensive CV with a complete publication list (maximum three pages)
  • Three-page research proposal outlining the current issues, important literature, and possible approaches to assessing nutritional and health impacts of microalgae-based foods
  • Contact information for two academic referees

Applications without a research proposal will not be considered. 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 Department/Section/Group

The ETH Sustainable Food Processing Group uses a combination of innovative sustainability assessment and emerging food production approaches to target fundamental challenges in agri-food systems. This group is highly interdisciplinary, cross-cutting across sustainability, nutrition, bioengineering, and food science domains. One major focus of the team is emerging microalgae-based food production for more sustainable and nutritious foods.

The Laboratory of Nutrition and Metabolic Epigenetics acts as Co-Host in this project and studies the molecular interplay between nutrition, metabolism and the epigenome. The group uses a translational approach from in vitro systems and mice to humans combining next-generation sequencing, single-cell methodologies, genetics, cellular and molecular biology to decipher mechanisms that contribute to the development of chronic metabolic diseases and ageing.

About the Employer:

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We offer

  • Continuous training opportunities
  • Support for career development in academia, entrepreneurship, and industry
  • An interactive and diverse team culture
  • A flexible working environment with home office options

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Contact details

Further information about the ETH Sustainable Food Processing and Nutrition and Metabolic Epigenetics group can be found on our websites, respectively: and Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr Alexander Mathys by email at [email protected] (no applications).

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