PhD Researcher - Doctoral Candidate for Urban Microalgae Protein
|Workplace||Zurich, Zurich region, Switzerland|
100%, Singapore, fixed-term
The ETH Sustainable Food Processing Group uses a combination of innovative sustainability assessment and emerging food system approaches to target fundamental challenges in food science and society such as food security.
Singapore targets increasing its domestic, independent food supply under urbanized constraints by 30% until 2030. The project aims to enable Singapore's independent, domestic, resilient, and urban food/protein supply by consumer relevant bright yellow heterotrophic microalgae biomass:
1. Establish a state-of-the-art urban single-cell protein production platform using food processing side-streams to leverage supply-chain sustainability and mitigate costs employing circular economy concepts.
2. Innovate supply-chain eco-efficiency by improving microalgae production efficiency and final product affordability through pulsed electric field (PEF) processing.
3. Build an R&D platform for concrete food concept development of meat alternatives harnessing extrusion and 3D-printing for large-scale and decentralised food supply.
4. Understand the Singaporean consumers’ preferences and needs related to innovative microalgae-based food products. The project delivers affordable, palatable, and nutritious microalgae-based food products to the market. It strengthens Singapore’s food security, provides strategic and economic benefits through stimulating economic productivity, and leverages global competitiveness on the meat alternative market.
As a Doctoral Researcher you will be responsible for research that aims to develop, test, and validate a pulsed electric field (PEF)-based biorefinery concept to ameliorate single-cell value-chain efficiency. This work will be performed in collaboration with our research partners at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and A*STAR-SIFBI.
Your tasks will include:
You should have excellent academic qualifications, writing skills, strong self-motivation and ability to work in a fast-paced interdisciplinary environment.
You must have a Bachelors and Masters degree (or equivalent) in Food Science, Bioprocess Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a closely related field.
You will also have:
The following competences will be advantageous:
In your application, please refer to myScience.ch and reference JobID 53823.
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