Doctoral student High-value plastic recycling
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.
Across the Global South, formal and informal recycling is common. However, few local businesses buy or sell plastics, preferring instead to deal in high-value metals or paper.
Plastic is bulky, requires cleaning, and is often bought seasonally, if at all. The recycled product is usually low quality due to impurities and dye.
Alternatively, donor-driven projects have been largely, tourist-focused (tchotchke) and of limited scale and value.
and d) a sustainable business model that can improve both the incentives for plastics collection and the livelihoods of plastics collectors.
We are looking for an extraordinary candidate who is as committed to scientific discovery as she / he is to solid waste management.
The ideal candidate will have :
Work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa and / or econometrics are attractive but not required.
ETH 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 tilleye ethz.ch (no direct applications).