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.
There are a multitude of organic pollutants in the aquatic environment that might impact aquatic ecosystems as well as human health, yet current monitoring programs are very limited with regard to these compounds. Highly dynamic monitoring as well as non-target screening using high-resolution mass spectrometry combined with chromatography, appropriate ionization and computational tools for data evaluation enables a more comprehensive characterization of the vast universe of organic pollutants.
We seek a PhD student who wants to develop monitoring approaches further by improving analytical methods and data evaluation tools and apply them in the field. The student will focus on the concentration dynamics of pesticides and their transformation products in karstic springs and correlate it with other parameters such as hydrology, number of microorganisms and land use. Further, the student will use a transportable high-resolution mass spectrometer in the field to collect and analyse samples on the interval of minutes to hours. The vast amount of data produced will then be evaluated using modern data science methods.
The position is funded for a four years period with an attractive remuneration package. Next to the training at ETH Zurich in the Environmental Systems Science Department, the PhD student will have the opportunity to contribute to a practical course on organic trace analysis of ETH Zurich and to supervise bachelor/master students in support of the research program. The location is Dübendorf near Zurich.
We encourage applications from outstanding and highly motivated candidates with a master degree in environmental sciences or (analytical) chemistry or environmental engineering and a strong interest in interdisciplinary research. Previous hands-on experience with organic environmental chemistry, mass spectrometry, flow cytometry or data sciences would be an advantage.
We are looking for a creative individual with a strong interest in teamwork, good communication skills and excellent time management abilities. Analytical thinking, problem-solving attitude, flexibility, ability to work independently and communicate clearly are all essential for this position. Candidates are expected to have excellent academic records and be fluent in written and spoken English. Some knowledge in German or/and French would facilitate communication with cantonal authorities. Experience in programming (e.g., R or Python) is an asset.
Applications should include a cover letter giving a description of the motivation to apply and highlighting the relevant experience and specific interests, curriculum vitae, copies of academic qualifications, and the names (with email addresses and phone numbers) of at least two potential referees.
Deadline for applications is 6 March 2020.
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