Doctoral Studies

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In the Research section of this website you find information about the various research areas at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering. You will also find the professors and research groups working in these areas, with links to their websites.

Please contact the professors who are working in the fields of your interest directly, and ask them about open positions for doctoral students.

General information about prerequisites, admission, and registration procedures is available on the website of ETH Academic Services.

There is also a wiki space with useful information for PhD students (login required).

The Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering offers motivated candidates the opportunity for doctoral studies, the most important scientific education at ETH.


Information concerning application and the form for registration at ETH Zurich can be found here.


For admission at ETH without entry exam, it is necessary to hold an ETH Masters or an equivalent degree from another university. Further information and the statutes can be found at the Doctoral Administration Office of ETH Zurich.

Detailed Regulations on Doctoral Studies at D-BSSE

Detailed regulations of the D-BSSE can be downloaded here (PDF, 65 KB).
Students having started their PhD before 17.05.2011, please refer to the previous version of the regulations (PDF, 25 KB).

Ordinance on doctoral studies ETH Zürich

and Rector's Implementation Provisions for the Doctorate Ordinance of 2008 can be downloaded here. (PDF, 126 KB)

Research Plan

Research proposals in the D-BSSE have to fulfill certain criteria regarding form and content.
Please read the D-BSSE Guidelines for the Research Plan (PDF, 55 KB).

Doctoral Committee

The D-BSSE Doctoral Committee's competences encompass the following:

  1. Proposal and approval of additional qualifying exams for PhD applicants in cooperation with the dissertation supervisors
  2. Approval of research proposals submitted to the PhD committee
  3. Elaboration of guidelines for doctoral studies

The members of the committee are

The Doctoral Examination at D-BSSE

The format of the doctoral examination can be found here (PDF, 8 KB) (German) and here (PDF, 9 KB) (English).

Survival Guide

A lot of useful information on living in Switzerland and working and studying at ETH Zurich can be found in the Handbook (PDF, 3.9 MB) for PhD Students at ETH Zurich.

This Guide is issued by the Academic Association of Scientific Staff at ETH Zurich (AVETH).


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