The aim of the Department of Health Sciences and Technology is to create the foundations for sustaining and improving the quality of life for people into old age.The Laboratory of Food Biochemistry at the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health, ETH Zurich led by Prof. Laura Nyström is looking for a
PhD Student - Organic Chemistry, Food Chemistry
The research topics of the group deal with cereal dietary fibres and associated phytochemicals, their analysis from various cereal foods, chemical and enzymatic reactions in food and other biological systems, as well as optimizing or controlling reactions to ensure the health benefits associated to each component. The topic of the PhD project in this ERC funded project “BINDING FIBRES - Soluble dietary fibre: unraveling how weak bonds have a strong impact on function” is to study supramolecular binding mechanisms between soluble dietary fibres and nutritionally relevant small molecules using nanoparticle-based probes in combination with other analytical techniques. Starting date of the position will be upon agreement.
We seek for a highly motivated student with good skills in organic chemistry and chemical analysis. The student must bring along solid experience in organic synthesis, NMR and mass spectrometry, in addition to the other standard analytical techniques (GC, HPLC, various spectroscopies). Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the research topics the applicants should be motivated to adapt new techniques quickly.

The successful applicant has excellent academic qualifications, good communication skills, and strong self-motivation. The candidate should also have a Master’s degree in organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, food chemistry, or a related subject. Regardless of background, the successful applicant will have an interactive and highly motivated personality, excellent English language skills, the ability to carry out research in an interdisciplinary and international environment, and a strong desire to disseminate the results in conference talks and journal articles.
We look forward to receiving your online application including a CV, publication list, a PDF file of the Master’s thesis, an academic transcript of your studies, a one page statement on your motivation, past research experience and research interests (in English), and contact details for three academic references. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

For further information about the The Laboratory of Food Biochemistry please visit our website www.foodbiochem.ethz.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Laura Nyström, by email laura.nystroem[at]hest.ethz.ch (no applications).