The ALIVE Initiative of ETH Zurich aims at elucidating and applying the design principles of living systems as a basis for sustainable, intelligent and resilient materials and technologies of the future. Our approach encompasses the study of natural systems and the development of biohybrid or biomimetic synthetic systems bridging across scales, from the nano to the macro and structural scale. ALIVE is organised in three interrelated project streams:
Two participating professors from ETH Zurich act as co-advisors. Accordingly, doctoral students are expected to take advantage of the opportunities offered by both research groups and to actively seek cross-group collaborations. The MaP Doctoral School offers a wide range of activities like symposia, workshops and lecture series, as well as the possibility for the doctoral students to engage in organising such formats. ETH ALIVE Doctoral Fellowships are an exciting opportunity and admission is highly competitive. The fellows will be employed according to the regulations of ETH Zurich. The corresponding guidelines for doctoral education apply. Upon successfully completing the doctorate, the fellows are awarded the title "Doctor of Sciences (Dr. sc. ETH Zurich)". more info about ETH Zurich doctorate
You are enthusiastic to drive future transformations in the way Materials and Processes shape the world - sustainably, intelligently and resiliently. You must hold a Master's degree in a field relevant to at least one of the above project streams: materials science, biology & biosystems science, (bio-)engineering, robotics, architecture, computer science, or other related subjects. You must have an excellent track record and meet the general admission requirements for a doctorate at ETH Zurich. You are ready to make an impact in science and society by pushing research frontiers in areas such as:
Good written and spoken English is essential. The MaP Doctoral School seeks to enhance diversity in the scientific workforce. Therefore, anyone with a keen interest in the above project streams and who meets our academic requirements is encouraged to apply.
Please submit your application through our online application portal; applications sent via email or postal services will not be considered. The application deadline is 25 November 2021 at midnight (23:59 CET). Applications must be submitted through www.doctoral-school.ethz.ch/applicants/alive and need to include:
Following the application deadline, all complete applications will be reviewed carefully, first by the MaP Doctoral School office and then by our faculty members, in a competitive process. Interviews with shortlisted applicants will take place in the week of 31 January 2022.
We expect all successful applicants to start their doctorate between 1 March and 30 June 2022. There is no specified common start and the doctoral fellows agree upon their specific start date together with their advisors. However, starting within the prescribed time window will enable the fellows to constitute a cohort of doctoral students with the aim of promoting collaboration and a common culture. The Master's degree must be completed before the start date of the contract for the doctoral position.
Please find additional information about the doctorate at ETH Zurich in the AVETH Survival Guide. For further questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "ALIVE Doctoral Fellowships".
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