Doctoral student – Biofabrication for in-situ excreta treatment
The Global Health Engineering group in the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering considers how engineered tools, the natural environment, organizational systems and human health are interconnected. Our work looks at ways of reducing the negative impacts of modern life while addressing equity and social justice, particularly in urban areas of over-exploited countries. Methodologically, we conduct applied research by working with interdisciplinary partners and relevant stakeholders, at the interface of engineering and economics.
Approximately 2.6 billion people do not have access to safe sanitation, but unsafe treatment and widespread dumping exposes billions more people, even those with access, to the myriad health consequences of poor excreta management. And though efforts have focused on improving the affordability and accessibility of safe emptying services, parallel in-situ technologies are required to hygienise pit-contained excreta that is too difficult or expensive to extract for off-site treatment.
Mycelium is not only one of the most exciting developments in biofabrication, it’s need to degrade and consume the materials around it, presents tremendous opportunities for excreta management. By testing different strains, growing conditions, and product configurations, we aim to develop low-cost pit inserts/accessories that can accelerate sludge degradation, extend the life of latrines, and/or reduce the need for offsite treatment.
We are looking for an extraordinary candidate who is as committed to scientific discovery as she/he is to universal sanitation. The ideal candidate will have:
A knowledge of with 3D printing, mycology, econometrics, and/or work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, are attractive but not required.
ETH ZurichETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
We look forward to receiving your online application (in English) including:
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. The position will be open until a suitable candidate is found.
Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Tilley by email at email@example.com (no direct applications).