Postdoctoral research position (100%) in analytical biogeochemistry of trace elements in soils

WorkplaceDübendorf, Zurich region, Switzerland
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Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.

The Inorganic Environmental Geochemistry group at Eawag (Department of Water Resources and Drinking Water) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) offers a

Postdoctoral research position (100%) in analytical biogeochemistry of trace elements in soils

The research project is aimed at determining and predicting chemical speciation of trace elements that serve as important micronutrients in soils, using the development and application of analytical methods for analyses of trace elements in soil extracts and solutions. More specifically, the objectives of this project are to i) collect a large set of samples from existing soil archives and, potentially, collect further environmental samples in the field; ii) determine and quantify the speciation of trace elements (including inorganic and organic forms) in soil extracts and soil solutions using LC-ICP-MS based techniques, and iii) investigate trace element speciation as a function of various soil and environmental variables. The period of employment for this project is 24 months.

We are looking for an excellent scientist with a special interest in the development and application of analytical techniques to soils and other environmental systems.

The ideal candidate has:

  • A PhD degree in analytical, soil or environmental (biogeo)chemistry or related fields
  • Experience in analytical (biogeo)chemistry of trace elements
  • Hands-on expertise with LC-ICP-MS based technologies
  • Experience in statistical data analysis (e.g., principal component & hierarchical cluster analysis)
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Publication record in soil or environmental (biogeo)chemistry or related fields

Additional assets are:
  • Experience in method development for LC-ICP-MS based technologies
  • Experience in sample pre-treatment methods such as digestion and extraction methods
  • Basic experience with organic environmental chemistry

The candidate’s application must include:
  • Motivation letter describing the candidate’s interest in the position and previous experience in analytical biogeochemistry of trace elements
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • Names and contact information of three academic references

We offer a stimulating research environment and a world-class infrastructure for environmental analytics. The main workplace for this position is at Eawag located in Dübendorf and it is foreseen that some of the research will be carried out at ETH Zurich (ETH central campus).

Eawag is a modern employer and offers an excellent working environment where staff can contribute their strengths, experience and ways of thinking. We promote gender equality and are committed to staff diversity and inclusion. The compatibility of career and family is of central importance to us. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> and ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">

Applications should be submitted by May 12, 2021. For further information, please contact Prof. Dr Lenny Winkel .

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