Postdoc Researcher Thermal Food Processing

ETH Zurich, Switzerland is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a postdoctoral associate position in mechanical engineering. Applications will be evaluated on a continuous basis.

ETH Zurich is one of the world's leading universities specialising in science and technology. It is renowned for its excellent education, its cutting-edge fundamental research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice. The Sustainable Food Processing Group uses a combination of emerging food safety approaches, novel protein processing and sustainability assessment to target fundamental challenges in food science and society such as food security. We are recruiting beginning of 2019 or by mutual agreement a new position.We are looking for a candidate who is highly motivated to work in a collaborative project with an international food company that aims on ultra short pasteurization (USP) and ultra short sterilization (USS) in the milli second (ms) domain at high temperatures. The objective is the design, development & technical testing of a USP/USS reactor. The microstructured reactor with high surface to volume ratio needs to be able to realize different residence times, with low spread residence time distributions, by adjustable inner volumes.

The candidate should have excellent academic qualifications, good communication skills, and strong self-motivation. In addition, enthusiasm and talent to engage in engineering questions and the underlying mechanisms as well as in simulation and modelling aspects is required. Experience in thermal food engineering and processing will be considered a plus. Furthermore, the successful candidate must have a Master and Dr./Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Food Engineering, Food Technology, Bioprocessing or a closely-related area. The position will be open until a suitable candidate is found. A two-page research proposal considering above defined project scope and outlining current challenges, important literature and possible approaches to tackle innovative ultra short preservation and processing challenges is required to consider the application.


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