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 Department of Environmental Microbiology (Umik) has a vacancy for a
PhD student in Experimental Microbial Ecology
This PhD position is part of a project that seeks to understand the consequences of microbial pattern formation on ecological and evolutionary processes. The vast majority of microbial life exists attached to surfaces, and different microbial species assemble themselves together to form fascinating patterns on these surfaces. We have developed an experimental model system consisting of two interacting microbial species, and we can control pattern formation by manipulating how the species interact with each other (Goldschmidt et al. ISME J. 2017;22:2112-2123). We now want to measure and understand the consequences of pattern formation on microbial processes, with a particular interest on the spread of antibiotic resistance. The position will largely focus on experimental work, but may also incorporate theoretical aspects as well.

We seek applications from individuals with a profound interest in developing expertise in experimental microbiology, microbial ecology, and / or evolution. You hold a MSc degree in a relevant discipline in the biological sciences. Experience in general microbiological laboratory techniques and microscopy is an advantage, as is the desire to work closely with theoretical biologists. We expect good writing and conversation skills in English. Good team skills are also required.

You will join the Microbial Community Assembly group at Eawag and you will have the opportunity to work with researchers from several other research groups at Eawag and ETH Zürich. The institute lies in the Zürich metropolitan area and offers a friendly, collaborative and interdisciplinary working environment and state of the art laboratories. The successful candidate will be enrolled at ETH Zürich, one of the highest ranked universities in the world.

Eawag offers a unique research (www.eawag.ch/en/aboutus/working/researchenvironment) and working environment and is committed to promoting equal opportunities for women and men and to support the compatibility of family and work. Applications from women are especially welcome. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult www.eawag.ch and www.eawag.ch/en/aboutus/working/employment.

Start of the position is January 2018. For further information, please contact David Johnson Email david.johnson@eawag.ch.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Your application should include a letter describing your interests and their relevance to this position, a complete CV, university diplomas, and contact information for two referees.

We look forward to receive your application through this webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. Please click on the link below, this will take you directly to the application form.
Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology