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26 Fully Funded PhD Programs at ETH Zürich, Switzerland

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Are you holding Master’s degree and looking for fully funded PhD positions? ETH Zürich, Switzerland invites online application for multiple funded PhD Programs / fully funded PhD positions in various research areas.

Candidates interested in fully funded PhD positions can check the details and may apply as soon as possible. Interested and eligible applicants may submit their online application for PhD programs via the University’s Online Application Portal. 

1. Fully Funded PhD Position in Digital Biomarker Studies

Summary of PhD Program:

The CSS Health Lab is a research laboratory at the Centre for Digital Health Interventions, a joint initiative of ETH Zurich and the University of St. Gallen, dedicated to various aspects of digital health and supported by CSS, one of the largest Swiss health insurance companies. Given the increasing health and economic burden of non-communicable diseases, the lab aims to make prevention measurable, actionable, and accountable; and make preventative care successful.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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2. Fully Funded PhD Position in atmospheric chemistry

Summary of PhD Program:

The research project aims at better understanding the aging processes of atmospheric aerosol particles. During photochemical aging, the viscosity of aerosol particles may increase from a liquid to a glassy or solid-state, thereby significantly altering their environmental impact. However, it is unknown whether photochemical aging favors viscosity increase, nor whether there are synergetic effects between photolytic aging and aging through the uptake of gas-phase oxidants such as ozone. The project’s focus will be comparing the two aging processes, photolysis and ozonolysis individually and in combination on single droplets levitated in an electrodynamic balance (EDB) using proxy reactions systems for organic aerosol particles.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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3. Fully Funded PhD Position in 3D Biohybrid Neuromuscular Tissues

Summary of PhD Program:

The PhD focuses on developing a 3D tissue engineering platform for integrating neurons with skeletal muscle cells in a 3D construct. In biohybrid robotics, we lack long-term compatible biological control methods of muscle actuation, as we rely on global electric fields to induce muscle contraction. Your work would address this unmet need and pave the way for the next generation of controllable and smart biohybrid robots. Crucially, your work would also serve as a platform to study the biology of neuromuscular pathologies and treatment methods as an in vitro model with a functional readout alongside more traditional biochemical characterization methods.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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4. Fully Funded PhD Position in design and manufacturing of soft aerial robots

Summary of PhD Program:

The quest for accessing confined spaces more efficiently, safely and cost-effectively is exponentially increasing. In search and rescue missions, for instance, crevices or gaps in walls often provide the sole viable path to enter collapsed buildings and locate trapped individuals. With the increasing deterioration of infrastructure, novel inspection methods are imperative, even for the smallest interstices. Furthermore, gathering data within dense vegetation canopies has become a priority as we strive to enhance our understanding and prediction of climate change impacts and biodiversity decline.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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5. Fully Funded PhD Position in Robot-assisted eDNA collection

Summary of PhD Program:

The historic Kunming-Montreal Agreement of 18 December 2022 marked a significant milestone as over 200 countries came together to commit to the cessation and reversal of biodiversity loss. However, achieving a nature-positive future remains a formidable task, hindered in part by the absence of efficient and accurate tools for capturing comprehensive snapshots of global biodiversity. This is precisely where the integration of robots and environmental DNA (eDNA) technologies can truly make a difference. The assessment of biodiversity through eDNA entails the collection and sequencing of genetic traces shed by local species within their environment.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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6. Fully Funded PhD Position in Computational Origami

Summary of PhD Program:

Are you creative and can work across disciplines? Are you interested in engineering design, computing and fabrication? Do you have a hands-on approach? We are looking for excellent applicants with a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Materials Science or a related area of study, who are motivated to carry out internationally leading research. Knowledge in one or more of the following topics is an advantage: engineering design, computer-aided engineering (CAE) especially FEM, computational structural mechanics, computational design, optimization, additive manufacturing, origami, mathematical programming, applied computing, and applied artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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7. Fully Funded PhD Position in Lower-Field Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Summary of PhD Program:

The CMR group at the Institute for Biomedical Engineering develops Magnetic Resonance (MR) technology and methods to assess the cardiovascular system. We devise the next generation of diagnostic tools for quantification of blood flow, organ perfusion, metabolism and function, tissue composition, microstructure and mechanics. The group exploits principles from physics, electrical engineering and computer science to design highly efficient and sensitive imaging and inference approaches to help guide diagnosis and treatment in cardiovascular patients.

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8. Fully Funded PhD Position in Microalgae

Summary of PhD Program:

Microalgae are unicellular microorganisms that are getting increasing attention as one of the more sustainable novel foods globally. Microalgae can reach higher areal productivity than terrestrial plants, do not require arable land or fresh water, and can use fertilizers with almost 100% efficiency. Microalgae can provide a significant number of essential nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids and amino acids, to support human health. In the last decades, microalgae have been the focus of extensive research as a novel source of proteins and lipids, while vitamins and minerals (micronutrients) received less attention.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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9. Fully Funded PhD Position in Machine Learning

Summary of PhD Program:

This doctoral position will focus mainly on the physics-based complex object simulation and data-driven point cloud to mesh reconstruction aspects, while the manipulation tasks will be aided by colleagues in SRL and CRL. Simulation to reality validation needs to be performed through experimental setups that the candidate should be able to design and use. A strong interest in working hands-on with robotic systems and validating simulations in the real world on robots and complex objects is desirable.

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Fully Funded PhD Position in Microalgae in Human Nutrition and Health

Summary of PhD Program:

Micronutrient deficiency represents one of the biggest global nutritional problems. For instance, iron deficiency is the most common global nutritional deficiency, affecting more than 2 billion people, among which more than half are anaemic. Iron-deficiency anaemia (IDA) is a global health problem that causes impaired cognitive development and growth in children, decreased work productivity and increased maternal morbidity and mortality during pregnancy. It is particularly common in low- and middle-income countries due to low-iron diets and primarily affects women and children.

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11. Fully Funded PhD Position in Re-engineering informal construction through circular practices and models

Summary of PhD Program:

This PhD position on circular practices in informal construction is at the Chair of Circular Engineering for Architecture (CEA) at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and will be conducted in coordination with the Housing unit (School of Built Environment and Development Studies), at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. We are seeking a highly motivated and qualified PhD researcher to join our team working on developing material passports for low-income economies in the context of re-engineering informal construction through circular practices and models. You will be responsible for conducting research and developing methodologies for the creation and implementation of material passports in South African vulnerable communities.

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12. Fully Funded PhD Position in ABSYS

Summary of PhD Program:

The ABSYS project consists of four main tasks linked to the work packages to reach its overarching goals. In Task I is devoted to a literature review of laboratory and field studies on various bypass systems. In Task II, hydraulic and live-fish tests of innovative bypass system layouts will be conducted in a large etho-hydraulic flume at VAW. The bypass system designs will be numerically developed by the Computational Fluid- and Morphodynamics (CFM) group of VAW and constructed in a 1:1 Froude model in the flume.

Application Deadline: 31st August 2023

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13. Fully Funded PhD Position in Plant Protein Refining

Summary of PhD Program:

The project on plant protein refining intends to achieve protein powders low in antinutrients, plain taste and flavour, and good functionality from pea and rapeseed using an innovative ‘green’ solvent system. Suitable extraction conditions to remove antinutrients and approaches to recover the solvent to achieve a circular process need to be investigated. The composition and functionality, i.e., gelling, foaming, and emulsification properties, of the recovered plant proteins will be studied in detail.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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14. Fully Funded PhD Position in Cell state programming through multiplexed gene editing

Summary of PhD Program:

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated doctoral candidate with a strong research interest in the fields of single-cell genomics, genome editing technologies and generating organoid models of disease. You will work in close collaboration with multidisciplinary experts to identify and subsequently induce disease-associated cell states using single-cell genomics and cell programming. Design, optimization, and execution of high-throughput experiments are the main focus of the project. A team-oriented mindset and collaborative personality are required in this project in which close cooperation of academia and industry is essential to accelerate the progress of bioengineering in translational medicine.

Application Deadline: 30 August 2023

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15. Fully Funded PhD Position in Cell state programming through module targeting

Summary of PhD Program:

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated doctoral candidate with a strong research interest in the fields of single-cell genomics, genome editing technologies and generating organoid models of disease. In close collaboration with multidisciplinary experts you will use single-cell genomic atlases to infer genetic perturbation and identify targets linked to a disease-associated cellular state. Engineering of multiplexed CRISPR guide RNA arrays for a disease-associated cellular state induction and dataset analysis from first-generation programming experiment are essential parts of the project.

Application Deadline: 30 August 2023

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16. Fully Funded PhD Position in Machine learning approaches for highly multiplexed organoid phenotyping

Summary of PhD Program:

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated doctoral candidate with a strong research interest in the fields of stem cell technologies, bioengineering, single-cell and spatial omics technologies and computer science. You will work in close collaboration with multidisciplinary experts to establish data processing and basic analysis pipelines for spatial single-cell phenotyping data on 2D and 3D organoid sections, and to develop novel machine learning algorithms for identifying phenotypic differences in organoid models of disease. A collaborative personality and spirit are required in this project in which close cooperation of academia and industry is essential for speeding up the development and implementation of bioengineering in translational medicine.

Application Deadline: 30 August 2023

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17. Fully Funded PhD Position in Physical properties in black soldier fly larvae processing

Summary of PhD Program:

Black soldier fly processing is an emerging technology for the recycling of organic waste. Waste treatment performance, composition and quality of feed and fertilizer products, as well as temperatures and emissions from the bioconversion processes, are highly feedstock dependent. Previous studies have primarily emphasized the role of biowaste nutrients, overlooking the influence of physical properties such as texture, consistency, viscosity, bulk density, porosity, particle size, and colour. Altering physical biowaste properties may influence bioconversion by altering biowaste ingestion and egestion, larval aggregation and thermoregulation as well as gut residence times.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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18. Fully Funded PhD Position in Embedded Systems and Hardware Prototyping

Summary of PhD Program:

The Sensing, Interaction & Perception Lab is looking for a PhD student in Embedded Systems and Hardware Prototyping. This job ad is intentionally short and only complete applications will be considered.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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19. Fully Funded PhD Position in Virtual Reality and Brain-Computer Interfaces

Summary of PhD Program:

The Sensing, Interaction & Perception Lab is looking for a PhD student in Brain-Computer Interfaces for Virtual Reality at ETH Zurich. The project will place a strong focus on interactive systems, optimization for adaptive user interfaces, and machine learning-based signal processing, neuro markers of perception, modeling presence & sickness, but also empirical evaluation with users in an online setting using BCI and Virtual Reality through user studies.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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20. Fully Funded PhD Position in XR applications for inspection of net-zero carbon infrastructure

Summary of PhD Program:

This project would leverage the infrastructure and know-how of Design++, including the Immersive Design Lab, XR hardware and related computational expertise. At the same time, the project will also develop unique research focusing on XR for inspection, assembly (including dis- and re-assembly), operations, towards net-zero carbon emissions and circularity for civil infrastructure.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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21. Fully Funded PhD Position in Geobiology and Microbiology of Extreme Environments

Summary of PhD Program:

The PhD project will investigate how seismic activity and oxidative stress affect subsurface microbial and viral communities. For this position you have a strong background in either geobiology, environmental microbiology and/or computational biology (or related subjects) and are interested in microbial evolution and extreme environments. This project includes experimental and computational components including microbial enrichment experiments, underground field experiments at the Bedretto Underground Lab’s Deep Life Observatory and metagenomic/ metatranscriptomic/ metaproteomic analysis.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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22. Fully Funded PhD Position in device engineering for efficient microhistology

Summary of PhD Program:

Microtissues, including organoids and spheroids, are transforming biological research, drug discovery, and personalized medicine. Histological analysis of microtissues currently allows us to decipher disease mechanisms and identify potential therapeutic molecules for cancer patients. However, the histology of these models remains highly inefficient, wasteful, time intensive, and costly as it is difficult to position heterogeneous and complex microtissues for efficient processing. This project aims to address this limitation by the use of acoustofluidics for positioning microtissues within a gel embedding medium. We will develop a device to carry out the positioning of the microtissues as well as an associated labware needed to streamline the process and integrate it within existing histology workflows.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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23. Fully Funded PhD Position in developing new concepts for automatically detecting de-energized overhead lines

Summary of PhD Program:

We are looking for outstanding, highly motivated people interested in pursuing PhD research on new concepts for automatically detecting if overhead lines for electric locomotives or trucks are energized. In railway grids with a high level of electrification for reducing CO2 emission, there are always also areas without electrification, e.g. for shunting/loading. For operating locomotives in both areas, the pantograph connecting the locomotive to the overhead line must be operated properly at transition points between energized and de-energized areas to avoid costly damage to the pantograph/overhead line and the related outages of locomotives.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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24. Fully Funded PhD Position in Differentiable Simulation and Machine Learning for Musculoskeletal Robotics

Summary of PhD Program:

This doctoral position will focus mainly on the simulation and computational aspects, while most hardware components are fabricated and built by colleagues in the Soft Robotics Laboratory. Simulation to reality validation needs to be performed through experimental setups that the candidate should be able to design and use. A strong interest in working hands-on with robotic systems and validating simulations in the real world on robots is desirable.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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25. Fully Funded PhD Position in Machine Learning

Summary of PhD Program:

We are looking for a an individual interested in pursuing a PhD at the interface of computational modeling and bioengineering. You will join a group that is working on the next frontier of soft robotics: biohybrid robotics. We focus on engineering skeletal and cardiac muscle tissues to grow biological muscles that are functional and could be used as actuators. These biohybrid systems also provide crucial insight for biomedical topics such as muscle and nerve regeneration, medical implants, and prostheses.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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26. Fully Funded PhD Position in Distributed Computing Group

Summary of PhD Program:

In our group we try to apply and unite the approaches and techniques of theory and practice. Some members of our group focus on algorithms and mathematical proofs, some on system design and building. As a new member of the group, you are supposed to contribute to research activities in the group and gradually build your own independent research profile according to your interests. You are expected to work towards a doctoral degree, and participate in the teaching activities of the group.

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