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.
In the Department of Environmental Chemistry at Eawag there is a position opening for a
Postdoctoral Researcher in Chemical Data Sciences (2 years)
In this project, you will develop machine-learning based models to predict the biodegradation of trace organic contaminants during activated sludge treatment in waste-water treatment plants. You will do so based on consistent sets of available monitoring data from Swiss and Australian wastewater treatment plants for up to 200 contaminants. To this end, a number of data pre-treatment steps and data quality checking of the chemical-analytical data will be needed initially. You will work with the enviPath.org team to implement your models into the enviPath framework for stakeholders to get easy access to predictions for their contaminants of interest.

Requirements: Candidates for this position are expected to hold a PhD in data sciences as applied to chemical data (or vice versa, a PhD in analytical chemistry with a data science focus). Candidates with additional knowledge in machine-learning and/or working experience in high-resolution mass spectrometry will be preferred. Candidates are expected to have excellent academic records and good communication skills in English. Eagerness to demonstrate self-initiative, particularly in interacting with the members of the team as well as the involved national authorities, is required for this position.

Benefits: The project will be led by Kathrin Fenner, and co-led by an international team of experts in analytical chemistry and wastewater treatment (Michael McLachlan, Stockholm University; Heinz Singer, Eawag). Kathrin Fenner is professor in Environmental Chemistry at the Chemistry Department of the University of Zurich and group leader at the Department of Environmental Chemistry at Eawag. Both Eawag and the University of Zurich are located within the Zürich metropolitan area. The city of Zürich is continuously ranked among the top cities in the world for quality of life and is within close proximity to the Swiss Alps.The position is funded for a 2-year period with an attractive remuneration package. The preferred start date is end of 2022. The project will offer close collaboration with the envipath.org team

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 www.eawag.ch and www.eawag.ch/en/aboutus/working/employment.

Applications should include a concise statement describing your motivation to work on this research project, curriculum vitae, copies of your academic qualifications and two letters of support with the affiliations of the supporting scientists. The deadline for applications is 10 October 2022, or until the position is filled.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr Kathrin Fenner.

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Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology