Post-doctoral position in environmental microbiology

WorkplaceLausanne, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland
EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, is one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. The EPFL employs more than 6,500 people supporting the three main missions of the institution: education, research and innovation. The EPFL campus offers an exceptional working environment at the heart of a community of more than 17,000 people, including over 12,500 students and 4,000 researchers from more than 120 different countries.

Post-doctoral position in environmental microbiology

Your mission :
The Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (EML) studies microbial processes in the subsurface with a focus on contaminant transformations and the nitrogen cycle. The research performed at EML aims at understanding fundamental microbial and abiotic processes and at providing science-based solutions to environmental challenges including aquifer contamination, nuclear waste disposal, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Main duties and responsibilities include :

investigate the biological controls on anaerobic microbial arsenic methylation

use microfluidic devices and batch experiments

use biosensors to quantify the response of E. coli cells to active arsenic methylation

participate in general laboratory tasks

perform first-class scientific research

write publications

attend and present at international conferences

Your profile :

Educational and research background in microbiology

Some experience with microfluidics and/or analytical chemistry in an asset

Computer skills: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, some experience with at least one programming language

language: fluent English

self-motivation, scientific curiosity, critical thinking and rigor in experiment work

good communication skills and ability to work as part of an international team

enthusiasm, willingness to learn, good organizational skills

We offer :
The project deals with investigating the controls on microbial arsenic methylation (in collaboration with Roman Stocker at ETHZ). The work involves laboratory experiments in microfluidic devices.

Start date :
01.01.2025 at the latest

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Work rate :

Duration :
3 years

Reference :
Job Nb 3324

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
CH-1015 Lausanne

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