Future Food Swiss Research Initiative at ETH Zurich and EPFL in Switzerland

Deadline : March 31, 2020 .  

Call for Application: ETH Zurich and EPFL have launched Future Food – A Swiss Research Initiative together with Bühler, Givaudan and Nestlé to further expand research and education in the area of food and nutrition sciences. The Future Food Fellowship is a major pillar within this framework. It aims to bring together competences from academic and industrial research in the fields covered by the initiative. The overarching goal is to develop solutions that address grand challenges such as affordable nutrition and sustainable packaging.

The Future Food Fellowship is awarded in the form of a three-year research contract. At the end of the second year, a review is conducted to evaluate the project, its continued originality and the productivity of the fellow.

The programme supports research projects at the postdoctoral level, and is structured around annual calls for applications. The programme is co-managed by the World Food System Center at ETH Zurich and the Integrative Food Science and Nutrition Center at EPFL.

Benefits

  • The Fellowship provides personal research funds for three years to enable fellows to work on their projects in a research laboratory.
  • The programme aims to award ten fellowships each year.
  • The funding will be granted to cover the fellow’s salary in accordance with the host institution’s standard conditions plus annual funds of max. 20,000 Swiss Francs for project costs directly related to the approved project.
  • Upon project approval, funds will be allocated at the start of the project for the entire duration of the project to the hosting laboratory, which will manage its usage in conformity with the rules of the hosting institution.

Eligibility

To submit a proposal within the framework of the Future Food Initiative, the following eligibility criteria must be fulfilled:

  • A successful fellow must demonstrate the willingness to engage in scientific or economic issues across the frontiers of food and nutrition sciences.
  • Citizens of any nationality may apply; there are no restrictions concerning age.
  • Applicants must hold a doctorate (PhD) and must have obtained their doctoral degree at maximum three years before the submission deadline. The latest possible date for a successful defence of the PhD is 30 September succeeding the interview date.
  • Applicants must not have been affiliated for studies, research, employment or other activities (with or without payment) at either ETH Zurich or EPFL during the 12 months that immediately precede the submission deadline.
  • Applications will not be forwarded for evaluation if applicants already hold or have held a faculty-equivalent position (e.g. assistant professor) in a higher education institution in Switzerland or abroad.
  • Applications and supporting documentation must be written in English.
  • The prospective research project must also comply with the applicable ethics regulations and adhere to the principles of research integrity valid at the host institution (ETH Zurich or EPFL). Relevant ethical, legal and social considerations should be included in the proposal.

Application

The following documents are requires to complete the proposal :

  1. A letter of motivation including a statement explaining why the planned research is original and a justification for why the candidate is qualified for the fellowship and the proposed research, including a brief description of the candidate’s research achievements (max. 2 pages)
  2. An abstract of the research proposal (max. 200 words)
  3. A detailed research proposal, including the state of research to date, the research plan and expected milestones. The research plan should include sufficient scientific and technical details to enable the evaluation of the proposal as a whole for originality, depth, impact potential and organisation. The scientific proposal should not exceed four pages (A4, single line spacing, 11-point Arial font or equivalent), excluding references
  4. A letter signed by at least one host ETH Zurich or EPFL professor, stating her/his support of the project and detailing the level of independence and the scientific autonomy that will be granted to the fellow in the event of acceptance. Additionally the letter must confirm that the host professor is willing to:
    • integrate the fellow in her/his laboratory at the research institution
    • provide the fellow with a workplace and access to the infrastructure required to successfully complete the proposed research work during the approved funding period
    • share potential additional research expenses of the applicant (e.g. for material, equipment, personnel, travel, etc.)
  5. The applicant’s curriculum vitae including a list of publications (max. 2 pages excluding publication list), diplomas (including a copy of the doctoral degree) and grade transcripts from all higher education institutions attended by the applicant
  6. A list of five names of potential external reviewers (name, affiliation, and email address).
  7. A list of three names of potential authors of recommendation letters for the candidate with a a signed and dated statement from the candidate that she/he waives the right to read or receive copies of recommendation letters collected for the application.

Full proposals must be submitted electronically using the online submission tool. Please make sure to adhere to the page limits assigned to each section of the proposal

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