Accepted RESPONSE PhD Projects (Call 1)

Project title

Research field

Host Org.

Secondment partner

EpiBreed: Unlocking Epigenetic Variation to Breed Sustainable Crops in a Changing Climate (ESR01)

Plant Science, transgenerational epigenetics, bioinformatics, statistics


MWSchmid GmbH, Switzerland

Wheat responses in changing climates studied by Asian varieties as underexploited genetic and genomic resources (ESR02)

Plant science, bioinformatics


International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT, Mexico)

Developing a source-to-sink value chain for Swiss industrial carbon dioxide via a holistic approach (ESR03)

Energy science, social sciences or engineering/system sciences


German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ,  Germany

Bellona Europa, Belgium

Energy transition and the transport sector – assessing the impact of European and national policies on future drive technology mixes, energy use, and emission pathways (ESR04)

Energy science, cimate and energy policy, innovation studies


Swiss Energy Foundation (SES), Switzerland

Engineering the Policy-Enabled Transition to Sustainable Multi-Energy Microgrids (ESR05)

Energy systems,  energy economics and policy


Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Switzerland

Plant reproduction: chromatin-based controls in the reproductive lineage (ESR06)

Plant science, microscopy imaging and image processing, cell biology, plant development


Bitplane, Switzerland

The role of biodiversity in sustainable energy transitions for charcoal (ESR07)

Land-use decisions, sustainability, social-ecological research and ecology, energy sciences


Nitidae, France

WWF, Belgium

Towards improving forage productivity under future climates (ESR08)

Plant science, Quantitative genetics, statistics, Applied plant breeding


Barenbrug, France

Recruitment and Working Conditions

RESPONSE DP offers an interesting position at the interface of science and policy. While working in an international, interdisciplinary and innovative research environment at University of Zurich, ETH Zurich OR University of Basel, the ESR is jointly co-supervised by a non-academic partner organisation.

The ESR is matriculated and has a working contract at University of Zurich, ETH Zurich OR University of Basel. He/she works in Switzerland. The secondment will take place in Switzerland or abroad (see table above).

This program offers a three-year full-time position according to the PhD salary regulations of the University Zurich, ETH Zurich OR University of Basel and according to EU regulations for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers. The gross salary will not be lower than CHF 3920.