The DIL Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e. V. (German Institute of Food Technologies) is a non-university, non-profit research institute in food technology and food science. Over the last three decades, an internationally active institute with competencies along the entire food value chain has developed in Quakenbrück. The DIL operates in the research areas of food safety and authenticity, structure and functionality, and sustainability.

In order to strengthen our “Food Data Group” team, we are looking for a student willing to do his/her work on Final Thesis (Bachelor or- Master) or to carry out an Internship for the topic  “Modeling environmentally optimal regional insect rearing and processing “

Insects are of increasing importance in food and feed sectors. Their use in fish, poultry and pig feed is already bringing both environmental and commercial benefits, showing large potentials of the sector and justifying predictions of quick growth in the coming years. Ability of insects to feed on different materials, including side streams and waste, makes them important parts of upscaling and circular processes in food and feed chains.

Modeling of insect rearing is therefore needed to better explain and help in application of optimal rearing conditions, tailor-made to specific insect species, available resources, planned processing methods and envisioned end-use. The goal is to fully use insects in a way that allows fully taking advantage of, on one side, available regional resources, such as side-streams and waste, and on the other, insects’ variability and adaptability, maximizing the production efficiency in each particular case and thus minimizing environmental impact.

The work on thesis “Modeling environmentally optimal insect rearing and processing” will initially include comprehensive data collection of locally available side-streams and waste, as well as literature review of insect rearing. Further, it will include building a model which will suggest possibilities of optimal utilizations of those resources for insect rearing. Finally, the thesis (Bachelor / Master) will include life cycle assessment with available and modelled data, measuring and comparing environmental impacts of insect production and processing, estimating eventually the most environmentally beneficial options and recommending ways to utilize insects in order to achieve optimal resource use.

Your tasks

  • Data collection and literature review insect rearing and processing
  • Modeling insects’ production and processing
  • Measurement and comparison of life cycle assessments of different production paths

Your profile

  • Study of food technology, mathematics, computer science, data science, biology-entomology or comparable courses
  • Awareness of insect presence and potentials in food and feed sectors
  • Analytical and systematic thinking (“Life Cycle”)
  • Interest in reducing the environmental impact of food
  • Independent, motivated and team-oriented work
  • Very good knowledge of English; Knowledge of German is an advantage

Your application

hen are looking forward to receiving your CV and motivation letter, preferably by E-Mail to

DIL Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e.V.
Dusan Ristic
Prof.-von-Klitzing-Str. 7
49610 Quakenbrück


Dusan Ristic

Food Data Group

+49 (0) 5431 183-326

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