RESPONSE Projects

Accepted RESPONSE PhD Projects (Call 1)

Project title

Research field

Host Org.

Secondment partner

Fellow

Unlocking Epigenetic Variation to Breed Sustainable Crops in a Changing Climate (ESR01), link

Plant Science, transgenerational epigenetics, bioinformatics, statistics

UZH

MWSchmid GmbH, Switzerland

Dusan Denic

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

Plant science, bioinformatics

UZH

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT, Mexico)

Katharina Jung

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

Energy science, social sciences or engineering/system sciences

ETH

German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ,  Germany

Bellona Europa, Belgium

Linda Frattini

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) link​​​​​​​

Energy science, cimate and energy policy, innovation studies

ETH

Swiss Energy Foundation (SES), Switzerland

Bessie Noll

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

Energy systems,  energy economics and policy

ETH

Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Switzerland

Linda Brodnicke

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

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

UZH

Bitplane, Switzerland

Danli Fei

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

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

UZH

Nitidae, France

WWF, Belgium

Dabwiso Sakala

Towards improving forage productivity under future climates (ESR08) link​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Plant science, Quantitative genetics, statistics, Applied plant breeding

ETH

Barenbrug, France

Reah Gonzales

Accepted RESPONSE PhD Projects (Call 2)

Project title

Research field

Host Org.

Secondment partner

Fellow

ROSE: Role of Bioenergy in Sustainable Energy Systems (ESR09), link

Energy and food systems modelling

ETH

Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland

Fei Wu

Quality-enhanced power semiconductor devices for reliable energy conversion (QEPSREC) (ESR10) link

Semiconductor physics, Wide-bandgap electronics.

ETH

mi2-factory GmbH, Germany

Manuel Belanche Guadas

Developing climate ready apple production systems in Switzerland (ESR11) link

Environmental science, Plant biology, Economics

ETH

Swiss Fruit Association, Switzerland

Laurent Giguere

Exploitation of genomic resources to spike forage breeding programs (ESR12) link

Plant genomics, Forage grass genomics, Bioinformatics

ETH

DLF Seeds A/S, Denmark

Yutang Chen

Towards improved crop resilience – discovering essential factors that control chloroplast development (ESR13) link

Plant Science, Cell biology, Organelle development, Fluorescence and electron microscopy, Image processing

ETH

Photon Systems Instruments (PSI), Czech Republic

Yuanyuan Liang

ChromoBreed: From Chromatin to Plant Breeding (ESR14) link

Plant Science, Chromatin Biology, Epigenetics, Transposable elements, Plant breeding

UZH

epibreed AG, Switzerland

Alberto Linares

Accepted RESPONSE PhD Projects (Call 3)

Project title (Number)

Research field

Host Org.

Secondment partner

Fellow
Unlocking genetic resources of buckwheat to diversify Swiss agricultural and food systems (ESR15)

Plant Breeding,

Orphan crops, Buckwheat, Genomics

ETH

ProSpecieRara, Switzerland Fabian Hess
FARS - For resilient and sustainable farms and value chains from the perspective of the Agricultural Region Strategies policy tool (ESR16)

Agricultural economics and policy, Sustainability and resilience assessment

ETH

Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, Switzerland

Paul Donadieu de Lavit
Sustainable storage for a resilient hydropower for a resilient future energy system (ESR17)

Hydraulic Engineering

Sediment Management

ETH

Swiss Federal Office of Energy BFE, (Switzerland)

Sudesh Dahal
Monitoring the effect of deforestation and reforestation on vertebrate diversity using river environmental DNA (ESR18)

Molecular ecology, Spatial analyses, remote sensing

ETH

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), USA

Monika Goralczyk
Land-use effects on the functioning of anthropogenically-dominated landscapes (ESR19)

Ecology

Biodiversity sciences

UZH

Swiss Academy of Sciences, Forum Biodiversity, Switzerland Simon Landauer
Legacy effects of land-use on tropical soils as constraints on the restoration success and service provision of tropical forests in Uganda (ESR20)

Forest ecosystem sciences

Soil system sciences

ETH

Face the Future, Uganda Matthew Cooper
Evidence-based evaluation of the roles and application of plant peptides for the sustainable improvement of crop resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses (‘PEPSTRESS’) (ESR21)

Biotechnology

Crop stress tolerance

UZH

Syngenta, Switzerland Xeniya Kim
Inferring legacy of human activities on tropical forest plant diversity with spatial genetics and remote sensing (ESR22)

Ecology, Social-Ecology

Remote Sensing or Bioinformatics
UZH South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership – SEARRP, Malaysia Nathalia Carolina Pérez Cárdenas

Accepted RESPONSE PhD Projects (Call 4)

Project title (Number)

Research field

Host Org.

Secondment partner

Fellow

Policy Designs for addressing societal acceptance challenges in CCU/CCS demonstration and deployment (ESR23)

Energy Sciences

ETH

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France

open position

FINCCS – Effective policy mixes to mobilize finance along the CCS/CCU supply chain (ESR24)

Energy Sciences

ETH

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Switzerland

open position

Roles of chemical communication in forming plant-insect networks in a changing world (ESR25)

Chemical Ecology, Network Ecology

Plant-insect Interactions, Information Theory

ETH

Office for Nature and Environment Grisons, Switzerland

open position

Genomic selection 2.0: Developing targeted vs universal machine learning approaches for improving the rate of genetic gain in crop Species (ESR26)

Molecular Breeding, Genomic Selection

Plant Genetic Resources, Genomics, Statistical Modelling, Linear Models, Mixed Models, Machine Learning, Deep Learning (Neural Networks), Genetic Gain, Plant Breeding

ETH

Puregene, Switzerland

open position

Fermentation with functional co-cultures: A metabolite driven approach to improve cocoa bean quality, safety and sustainability (ESR27)

Food Biotechnology, Food Chemistry

Food Analytics, Food Microbiology

ETH

Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland

open position

Innovation strategies and policy approaches to support the transition to a clean energy system (ESR28)

Energy Science

Clean energy Technology Innovation

ETH

RWE Renewables GmbH, Germany

open position

For details about the individual projects, please download the project and job descriptions.

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.