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ETH Zurich, Switzerland invites online Application for number of  Fully Funded PhD Degree at various Departments. We are providing a list of Fully Funded PhD Programs available at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Eligible candidate may Apply as soon as possible.


(01) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Position: SNSF Sinergia Research Projekt «Family Custody Arrangements and Child Well-Being in Switzerland» – Sub-project Housing, Architecture, and Mobility

The overall project focuses on post-separation custody arrangements and their impact on children and will contribute to the identification of risk and resilience factors for child well-being after parental union dissolution in Switzerland. Building on the insights of social demography, psychology, architecture and housing studies, and law, this interdisciplinary project investigates the interdependent effects of four key dimensions on child well-being: socio-structural (social inequalities within and between families), relational (interpersonal relationships between family members), spatial (housing-mobility arrangements), and legal (legal regulations and court decisions).

Deadline : 15. May 2023

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(02) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position – Electric discharge drilling and electrochemical machining

As a Research Assistant, you will be responsible for formalizing the electrical diagram, writing documentation, assembling, and wiring the machine while ensuring electrical safety standards are met. You will work closely with the project team to ensure the project is completed on time and within budget. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work on related projects and develop new skills and expertise.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(03) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD in social sciences on the energy transition in Switzerland

We seek one doctoral researcher to join our team for the project «Co-Evolution and Coordinated Simulation of the Swiss Energy System and Swiss Society» (Cosi), funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.  The project will extend models and simulation-based assessments to account for Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research of the energy systems to conduct a successful energy transition in Switzerland. The project will bridge the different energy research communities and establish a continuous exchange between researchers and stakeholders. It will also test new approaches to harmonize scenarios and narratives and provide an integration toolbox for SSH research. 

Deadline : April 14, 2023

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(04) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position: modeling fracture of meta-materials

This position is part of a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, which will support a total of four researchers, and focuses on the development of interfaces with unconventional mechanical properties. This PhD position will focus on the fracture properties of meta-materials. The objective is to develop numerical models of architected materials with interfaces and to investigate their mechanical properties. Different approaches for generating interfaces will be explored and evaluated. The numerical results will then be compared to experimental data collected by other team members and used to study the fundamental mechanisms governing the failure of meta-materials.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(05) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: SNSF-funded PhD Position in Advanced In Vivo Imaging of Heterotopic Ossification

Heterotopic ossification (HO) is a very common and sometimes highly debilitating pathology characterized by the formation of mature bone in soft tissues. The underlying mechanisms are still poorly-understood and therapies to prevent and heal HO have a low efficiency. It is not uncommon that bone has to be removed surgically. This formation of bone in soft tissue is the result of an osteoinductive process during which stem cells are differentiated into bone cells. This property is essential to treat large bone defects. Currently, osteoinduction can be achieved by the implantation of bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs), but the safety of BMP has been questioned. Another approach is to implant osteoinductive bone graft substitutes, but their potency is low, and the underlying mechanisms are still debated. Demonstrating that a low extracellular calcium concentration is key in triggering bone formation and having a better understanding of this process could open up new opportunities in the design of potent osteoinductive bone graft substitutes and the treatment of impaired bone healing.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(06) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Doctoral position on the kinetics of ferroelectric domains using in-situ experiments

The focus of this doctoral project is primarily experimental, involving regular interactions with modeling experts within the group. You will design and develop the electro-mechanical experiment, with specific focus on time-resolved high-speed optical microscopy and image correlation. You will use this multi-scale in-situ experiment to develop a detailed data set to quantify domain kinetics in single-crystal ferroelectric samples. The latter will involve designing novel experimental configurations, and data (and image) analysis tools. You will also have the unique opportunity to interact with multi-scale modeling experts within our group. Data generated from the experiment will directly be used as input to the models. Broadly, this research will aid in active material/device design at microstructural length scales.

Deadline : April 15, 2023

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(07) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position: Carbon dioxide removal technologies in deep mitigation pathways

Limiting global average temperature rise to below 1.5°C requires significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, ultimately to net-zero and even below net-zero. Achieving such steep reductions and sustaining negative emissions requires carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies. These findings were collected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) based on findings from Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs). However, current integrated assessment models only poorly represent CDR technologies, limiting our understanding of the potential role of CDR.

Deadline : March 31, 2023

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(08) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Position in Global History

The Ph.D. project should be concerned with the history of agricultural sciences, particularly entomology and phytopathology, and capitalism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It can address one or several of the following topics: the history of the tobacco industry in Switzerland and/or Europe; the history of pest and plant diseases; the trajectories pest control research; the growth of chemical companies producing insecticides; pesticides and agricultural development; or other subjects related to the history of economic entomology in plantations. Prospective applicants should submit a project proposal relevant to the research project, detailing research questions, the geographic scope of the project, and potential source bases. Projects focusing on regional, national, transnational, and/or the global scale are welcome. There is no preference for specific regions and the call is open to all geographical contexts. Scholars with a project pertaining to the history of Switzerland and/or its European neighbours and their global or colonial connections are also encouraged to apply.

Deadline :  31 March 2023.

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(09) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Position in Earthquake Seismology

Objectives: Aseismic processes can play a first-order role in the build-up to large earthquakes, but they are hard to detect and monitor. The strong recent advances in deep learning powered seismic monitoring is an opportunity to fundamentally improve the detection and characterisation of the subtle seismic signatures that aseismic processes leave behind. The doctoral candidate will i) develop new DL methods that are tailored to characterise the seismic signatures of aseismic slip during earthquake sequences, in particular stress migration and rotation, strain acceleration as captured by repeating earthquakes, and fluid pressure build-up as evidenced by seismic swarms; and ii) study the predictive value of aseismic observations for anticipating large earthquakes. We will use some of the recent, exceptionally well recorded earthquake sequences to constrain transient aseismic deformation, including deformation caused by underground fluid flow. From this observational basis we will be able to develop a mixture seismicity model that accounts for the observed triggering of earthquakes by both previous shocks and by aseismic transients. This will allow us to study how the total deformation is partitioned into seismic and aseismic contributions, in space and in time. The goal is to understand the physics of the hard-to-observe aseismic deformation, and to design a seismicity model that provides substantially improved probability gain, compared to state-of-the-art models.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(10) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Position for Synthetic Biology-Inspired Therapies

The projects will combine basic and translational research to develop novel synthetic biology-inspired principles. Rational programming the behavior of human cells will shape future biomedical applications. This may include the design of novel biosensors, gene switches and genetic closed-loop circuits, the synthesis of novel chemical structures to interface and actuate cellular activities or to design programmable cellular implantable devices.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(11) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD for proxy development – lipid biomarkers

Currently, soils store a large fraction of the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere. However, whether they will continue to do so in the future is unclear, as soil fertility potentially limits the amount of primary production (carbon fixation) and belowground carbon storage. Current experimental approaches reveal a complex interaction between the above- and belowground ecosystem, and its chemical environment. A historical perspective, i.e. looking at past changes in soil fertility and carbon storage, can elucidate these processes on timescales that exceed experimental approaches (decades to millennia). While changes in atmospheric CO2 and climate are well constrained using a combination of direct measurements and estimates based on proxies, we currently have no methods to reconstruct soil fertility through time. In this project, you will develop biomarker lipid proxies that allow quantifying soil mineral fertility, building on current research that highlights the dependency of GDGT lipids on major soil exchangeable cations: free hydrogen, exchangeable calcium and exchangeable iron.

Deadline :  May 15th 2023: 

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(12) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Position in ML for Sensing and Shared Control in Autonomous Robot Systems Navigation

At SCAI Lab, you will have the unique opportunity to work at the intersection of clinical settings and lab environments, gaining exposure to intelligent health management systems. You will work alongside a team of highly motivated young professionals who are passionate about developing new methods for robotics rehabilitation, decision-making support in clinical practice, and clinical studies using advanced ML for monitoring and modelling diseases.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(13) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position: Development of low-temperature CO2 sorbents for direct air capture

The research group of Prof. Müller is looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong interest in material development and characterization, structure-property relationships to yield highly effective, low-temperature CO2 sorbents for direct air capture. This research will be performed in close collaboration with the Mezzenga group at ETH Zürich.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(14) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Researcher – Microplastics in Agricultural Soils: Runoff, Transport and Impacts

We aim to establish custom-built small-scale laboratory plots which will enable the simultaneous assessment of soil erosion and MPs and NPs movement through the soil profile, both vertically and laterally. These aspects will be assessed across a range of soil textures, slope, and rainfall intensities to understand how plot characteristics influence MPs and NPs transport. Using model particulate plastics that have previously been developed in-house containing trace metals will enable quantification of plastic particles throughout the experimental system. This approach offers several advantages, including being able to accurately and quickly quantify MPs and NPs in complex matrices by using the metal as a proxy for plastic using trace metals analysis techniques, such as ICP-MS. Consequently, we will be able to assess how effects on soil erosion and the transport of MPs and NPs varies with the properties of the size, morphology and polymer of the particles, soil texture and plot characteristics. The successful candidate will perform laboratory experiments to generate primary data to understand these processes but can also expand upon this work by developing fate and transport models if desired. The diverse nature of plastic research involving environmental science, analytical chemistry, and materials science will allow the successful candidate to perform multidisciplinary research. 

Deadline : April 7, 2023:

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(15) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in energy systems analysis of decentralised low-carbon energy systems

The transition to a net-zero-carbon-emissions (net-zero) energy system is resulting an increase in decentralised energy technologies at building and district scales. These decentralised technologies raise many questions relating to the technical and economic efficiency of solutions at building and district scales, as well as effective policy measures to provide effective and fair incentives.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(16) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position: Ovarian Follicle Growth Dynamics: 3D Colored Power Doppler Imaging in Heifers (PROSPECT-study)

Ultrasound technologies are routinely used both in fertility clinics and in veterinary diagnostics. More recent 3D and 4D approaches coupled with colored doppler ultrasonography applications including colored Power doppler for blood flow estimation in small vessels are developing. Human and bovine follicle maturation processes largely share similarities. Using cattle as model for human follicle growth dynamics, the goal of this interdisciplinary project is to improve the outcome of ovarian hormonal stimulation.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(17) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in Biohybrid Bacterial Systems

The ALIVE Initiative of ETH Zurich aims to elucidate and apply the design principles of living systems as a basis for sustainable, intelligent, and resilient materials and technologies of the future. Our approach encompasses studying natural systems and developing biohybrid or biomimetic synthetic systems bridging across scales, from the nano to the macro and structural scale. ALIVE is organized into three interrelated project streams:

Deadline : Open until filled

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(18) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in emerging black soldier fly biowaste processing

You are expected to explore heterogeneous and dynamic rearing conditions resulting in the optimization of higher-value products, for example, melanin, chitin or lauric acid. The objective is to develop a dynamic growth model that predicts rearing conditions for optimal waste treatment and production of high-value products. Ultimately, the findings are expected to increase the understanding of this novel process and aid the development of practical tools. The research will be completed within the collaboration on black soldier fly research by ETH ZurichEawag and the Singapore-ETH Centre. The project background should be seen as a broad framework that can be detailed and altered based on the applicant’s background and interest.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(19) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position: DNA-based analysis of species composition and genetic diversity in multispecies swards

The overall aim of the doctoral project is to develop and apply molecular genetic tools to investigate species composition and genetic diversity in the LegumeLegacy multi-site experiment. Approaches will be based on (but not limited to) DNA barcoding, amplicon sequencing and genotyping-by-sequencing or whole genome (skim) sequencing. Methods will be applied to monitor genetic diversity within selected species over time to determine the stability of cultivar mixture across seasons and years and relate changes with the development and performance of multispecies swards. The project will apply state-of-the-art molecular genetics, bioinformatics and statistical approaches to gain a deeper understanding of the genetic diversity and intra-species relationships in managed grassland. You will be able to learn and apply a broad set of methods and technologies and profit from the interdisciplinary interactions within the doctoral network. Furthermore, you will be enrolled at ETH Zurich and work at the forage crop hub of the Molecular Plant Breeding group, located at Agroscope Reckenholz, 8046 Zurich, Switzerland. In addition, you will be expected to undertake two mobility secondments during their studies, facilitating them to develop a deep collaborative network. The salary for the position corresponds to the 2021 MSCA Doctoral Network funding model.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(20) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD student in Digital Fabrication of Curved Geometries

We will develop novel methods to generate sensors that conform to curved surfaces, thereby imbuing real-world objects with the capability of becoming sensitive to user input to inform novel smart embedded devices that can adapt to user behavior during direct and indirect use. We will develop methods in fabrication, geometric processing, and surface parametrization as well as simple methods to detect and infer understand user input.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(21) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Position in Optical Spectroscopy of Quantum Nanomaterials at the Single Photon/Phonon Level

The research activities involve comprehensive characterization of new perovskite-based nanomaterials, in the form of single quantum dots or superlattices, their optoelectronic properties and the development of a new generation of nanomaterial-based nanophotonic devices that operate down to the single-photon level.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(22) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in the Networked Systems Group

In our group, we tend to combine theory with practice. Some of our members focus more on algorithms and proofs, while others focus more on network systems design and building.

As a new member, you are supposed to contribute to our research activities and gradually build your own independent research profile according to your interests. You are expected to work towards a doctoral degree and participate in our teaching activities.

Deadline : Open until filled

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(23) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD student position in experimental fluid dynamics: cavitation bioeffects

Transdermal drug delivery, i.e., delivering drugs across a patient’s skin, can be facilitated via low-frequency ultrasound via the process known as sonophoresis, or sound-mediated improved permeabilisation of the skin. This allows for larger molecules such as peptides or proteins, which would otherwise struggle to passively diffuse across the skin, to reach the blood circulation thanks to sound-induced mechanical effects. Cavitation is generally suspected to be a major mechanism allowing for the localized, transient and reversible disruption of the outermost layer of the skin which typically represents the most difficult layer to penetrate. However, the exact contribution of cavitation and the distinct cavitation effects such as localised jetting and acoustic emissions in the process are currently unknown. This project aims at comprehensively quantifying and decoupling these physical effects in media relevant for transdermal drug delivery, such as polymer solutions and ionic liquids. The research addresses fundamental open questions in acoustic and cavitation properties of complex fluids and the associated physics, and systematically investigates cavitation effects involved in the acoustically mediated surface perforation through unique temporally and spatially resolved experiments at the micro-scale, coupled with theoretical and numerical modelling. The research leverages an international and interdisciplinary collaboration with biomaterials engineers with an expertise on skin biomechanics. 

Deadline : Open until filled

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About ETH Zurich, Switzerland- Official Website

ETH Zürich is a public research university in the city of Zürich, Switzerland. Founded by the Swiss Federal Government in 1854 with the stated mission to educate engineers and scientists, the school focuses exclusively on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Like its sister institution EPFL, it is part of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology Domain, part of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research.

In the 2021 edition of QS World University Rankings, ETH Zurich was ranked 6th in the world, placing it as the second-best European university after the University of Oxford. In the 2020 QS World University Rankings by subject, it ranked 4th in the world for engineering and technology (2nd in Europe) and 1st for earth & marine science. Also, ETH was rated 8th in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2020.

The university is an attractive destination for international students thanks to low tuition fees of 809 CHF per semester, PhD and graduate salaries that are amongst the world’s highest, and a world-class reputation in academia and industry. There are currently 22,200 students from over 120 countries, of which 4,180 are pursuing doctoral degrees.

As of November 2019, 21 Nobel laureates, 2 Fields Medalists, 2 Pritzker Prize winners, and 1 Turing Award winner have been affiliated with the Institute, including Albert Einstein. Other notable alumni include John von Neumann and Santiago Calatrava. It is a founding member of the IDEA League and the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) and a member of the CESAER network.



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