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PhD position in Environmental Biotransformation - Suisse

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is a Swiss-based and internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). It is committed to the ecologically, economically and socially responsible management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems.

Within the Departments of Environmental Chemistry (Uchem) there is an opening for a

PhD position in Environmental Biotransformation

Tens of thousands of synthetic organic pollutants enter our environment on a daily basis, but little is typically known about their environmental fate. Within the ERC-funded project PROduCTS the research group of Dr. Kathrin Fenner develops appropriate modeling algorithms for an accurate and environment-specific prediction of biotransformation pathways and half-lives of chemical contaminants. The project involves several PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, programmers and research assistants. The specific objective of this PhD project within PROduCTS is to characterize diverse environmental microbial communities in terms of their ability to biotransform a broad range of micropollutants. The project will include laboratory-based experiments, fieldwork and strong liaising with microbiologists/bioinformaticians to simultaneously characterize the communities in terms of their functional gene pool. 

The successful candidate for this position holds a MSc degree in environmental or natural sciences/engineering with a focus on environmental and/or analytical chemistry. Candidates should demonstrate practical skills in analytical chemistry (preferably LC-MS techniques) and have a strong chemistry background. Candidates with an additional background in microbiology will be given preference. Fluency in English is required. 

The duration of the position will be three years, the preferred start date is late 2015 or early 2016. The PhD degree will be awarded by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. The PhD student will be supervised by PD Dr. Kathrin Fenner. 

The research project will be conducted at Eawag, which has a broad range of expertise in environmental sciences, including ecology, microbiology, chemistry, and toxicology. The supervisors also maintain strong interactions with various groups at ETH, including groups in environmental chemistry and molecular microbial ecology. Both Eawag and ETH are located within the Zurich metropolitan area. The city of Zurich is continuously ranked among the top cities in the world for quality of life and is within close proximity to the Swiss Alps. 

Eawag is an equal opportunity employer. Women are explicitly encouraged to apply to increase their share in science and research. Applications should include a concise statement describing your motivation to work on this research project, curriculum vitae, copies of your academic qualifications and names for two references. 

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2015 or until the position is filled. Informal inquiries before submitting an application are encouraged. For further information, please consult or contact: PD Dr. Kathrin Fenner,, Phone +41 (0)58 765 50 85

We look forward to receiving your application through this webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. Please click on the web link below, this will take you directly to the application form.

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