Postdoctoral Position in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology



WorkplaceLausanne, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland


The Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. The EPFL employs 6,000 people supporting the three main missions of the institutions: education, research and innovation. The EPFL campus offers an exceptional working environment at the heart of a community of 16,000 people, including over 10,000 students and 3,500 researchers from 120 different countries.

Postdoctoral Position in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology

The Applied Centre for Ecotoxicology (EPFL/Eawag) and the Central Environmental Laboratory (EPFL) invite applications for a

Postdoctoral Position in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology

in order to investigate (I) the transfer of chemicals associated to tire wear particles (TWP) in gastric and intestinal fluids using cutting-edge analytical methods and (II) the effect of the exposure of terrestrial and aquatic oligochaetes to these particles.

This project is part of the TirlnFish project, which aims for an integrated assessment of the bioavailability, bioaccumulation and toxicity of tire wear particles to fish and oligochaetes.

The project constitutes a multi-disciplinary effort, combining particle and chemical characterisation and biological effect assessment from molecular to cell- and organism level. It will be carried out in close collaboration between Eawag, EPFL and the Applied Centre for Ecotoxicology at Eawag/EPFL.

The successful candidate would be responsible for:
  • Developing experimental protocols
  • Performing chemical and ecotoxicological experiments with TWP
  • Conducting chemical analyses in collaboration with lab technicians
  • Analyzing and interpreting the experimental data
  • Writing reports, scientific publications and present results during scientific meetings

Your profile :
  • PhD in environmental chemistry or ecotoxicology or other related fields
  • Experience or strong interest in ecotoxicology and environmental issues
  • Experience in analytical chemistry (e.g. LC-MS/MS, GC-MS/MS, ICP-MS)
  • Curious, creative and be able of thinking outside the box
  • Good interpersonal skills, team player
  • Good knowledge of English (written and spoken)
  • Knowledge of French and/or German a plus
  • Experience in writing scientific articles
  • Good statistical skills will be an advantage

We offer :
  • A dynamic, interdisciplinary and young research group
  • A vibrant, internationally visible and rising academic institution in environmental research
  • A great working atmosphere and ample opportunities for professional and personal development with access to many continuing education courses

Start date :
March 2020 or before

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Please submit your application by January 22/2020 . Please include a letter of motivation explaining why you think you can contribute to this research, a CV with a list of publications, and the names and contact information of three references. Applications from women are especially welcome. EPFL and The Applied Centre for Ecotoxicology are committed to promote equal opportunities for women and men and to support the compatibility of family and work.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please send it through this webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered .

The advertisement for a second Postdoc position for this project, to be carried out at Eawag in Dübendorf, can be found here :

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Remark :
Only candidates who applied through EPFL website or our partner Jobup’s website will be considered.


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 46864.

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