ETH Zurich is one of the leading universities of the world with a strong focus on science and engineering. In 2010 it established the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) to do interdisciplinary research on pressing problems.
The centre currently runs several research programmes with the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) as one of the programmes. It is home to a community of over 100 PhD, postdoctoral and professorial researchers working on diverse themes related to sustainable cities and resilient infrastructure systems. In the course of their work, researchers actively collaborate with universities, research institutes, industry, and government agencies with the aim of offering practical solutions.
The ETH Sustainable Food Processing Group in the Department of Health Science and Technology uses a combined approach of emerging food safety concepts, novel protein processing and sustainability assessment to target fundamental challenges in food science and society. Our research lies at the interface of biological systems and engineering.
Singapore targets increasing its domestic, independent food supply under urbanized constraints by 30% through intensification of domestic food production by 2030. The NRF funded project “Using black soldier flies in food waste management and sustainable food production in urban systems” supports the ‘30-by-30’ vision by insect-based bioconversion of high value food waste back for production of high-quality agricultural inputs for domestic food production. The project includes collaborative research by National University of Singapore (NUS), SEC, ETH Zurich, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and others, across five interrelated thematic areas.
The doctoral student will work with larvae of the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens). Rearing of black soldier fly larvae on food wastes is notoriously unreliable due to the natural variable nutrient composition among wastes. In large rearing facilities, such variability can be partially compensated by formulating waste mixtures. However, the large space requirements in these facilities limits direct replication in dense urban systems like Singapore. Instead, decentralized and vertical rearing in unutilized urban spaces holds more promise for Singapore. The doctoral student will optimize insect bioconversion in a decentralized rearing module by using the ever-evolving pool of smart and inexpensive sensors and machine learning algorithms.
As a Doctoral Candidate in the ETH Sustainable Food Processing Group in Singapore, you will be responsible for research working towards making decentralized food waste bioconversion by black soldier fly larvae more reliable.
Your tasks will include:
The following competences will be advantageous:
Applicants submitting the following documents will be considered for the position:
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.
For further information about our research and projects, please visit the ETH Sustainable Food Processing (SFP) Group website, summarizing our ongoing insect-based bioconversion research. Questions (not applications) regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Moritz Gold; firstname.lastname@example.org (no applications).
|Title||Doctoral Candidate for Rearing of Fly Larvae with Machine Learning to Improve the Sustainability of Agricultural Inputs|
|Job location||Rämistrasse 101, 8006 Zurich|
|Published||September 14, 2021|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Statistics,   Bioinformatics,   Systems Biology,   Programming Languages,   Environmental Engineering,   Mechanical Engineering,   Computational Biology,   Machine Learning  |