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PhD Position at Swiss Minerals Observatory: Quantifying pollutant loads from mining areas by mobile analytical techniques
The successful candidate will adapt, validate and apply a new analytical technology based on mobile devices in order to obtain water quality data at relevant spatial and temporal resolution in mining areas. The Wehrli group has expertise in combining portable sensing technologies with wireless communication. The doctoral student will apply such comparatively low-cost analysis platforms for the detection of cyanide and mercury contamination in surface and groundwater in gold mining areas of Burkina Faso. In a second field project, we will monitor acid-mine drainage fluxes and their neutralization in river systems in the copper belt region of Zambia. In both cases, we will test new “citizen science” approaches and link the fieldwork to the social science research in these mining areas. Based on the datasets the student will make use of the expertise in the project to develop, test and calibrate water quality models and input-output and life cycle analyses.
We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled candidate with natural sciences background, focus on chemistry. Knowledge on input-output and life cycle analyses is an advantage. The project is embedded in a larger context requiring interdisciplinary interests and competences (see:
For further information please contact Prof. Bernhard Wehrli by email at (no applications) and/or visit our website

Please submit your application online with attention to: ETH Zurich, Olivier Meyrat, Human Resources, 8092 Zurich, adding a letter of motivation, your CV, diplomas and work certificates as well as a letter of reference and two references. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until 31 May 2017. Please do not send applications via email.