In our team “Advanced Technologies” at DIL German Institute of Food Technologies we are looking for a Master student (m/w/x) for completion of a
Master thesis
on the topic: „Dynamics of black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) bioconversion system on catering and abattoir waste and their mixture”


The project deal with the evaluation of the growth of black soldier fly larvae on catering, abattoir wastes and their mixture. Substrate factors that influence treatment efficacy and larval growth will be identified using principal component analysis (FCR, bioconversion, larval dry matter, larval biomass development, development time, survival rate etc), protein and fat development in larval body, as well as microbiological analysis for feed safety of insect meal.

The understand of black soldier fly larval development on the animal origin organic wastes and insect meal safety in feed and food is important to promote their incorporation in wide range of food and feed product

We offer a multi-facetted and demanding range of work in an institute that is growing strongly as well as the possibility of assuming responsibility right from the outset. The DIL is a highly attractive employer as it offers working in a diversified team, numerous possibilities for personal development, integration of the institute in national and international networks and a good working atmosphere. More information can be found on www.dil-ev.de

Envisaged job starting date: from March/April 2023
Application deadline: 20.02.2023

Areas of responsibility
  • Methodological preparation for experiments
  • Evaluate the current state of knowledge about the relationship between feedstock composition, raising parameters, waste treatment efficiency, and final product quality
  • Determine the best circumstances for BSF rearing to produce high-value products
  • Establish a research strategy and conceptual framework for the development of a dynamic BSF growth
  • Analysis of the Research results
  • Preparing, recording, and delivering presentations to the team about the findings
Your profile
  • Holding a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Food Science & Technology, Environmental Sciences, Biology or related discipline
  • Applicants must have a valid driver's licence
  • Insights in physical properties of food
  • Insight in edible insect rearing
  • Previous laboratory experience desired
  • Very good knowledge of English and German
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Enjoy working in the lab
  • Pleasure and interest in new products and technologies, in particular working with insects
  • Critical thinking and independent working skills
Are you interested?

Applications should be sent by Email (in English or German) and should include:

CV, Motivation letter describing your goals, skills, and previous experience, study program and regulations, full contact details of at least one reference person and all other relevant information (working experience, volunteering, additional courses, reference letters etc.).


Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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