[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD Student opportunity: Nitrous oxide emissions from soils

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Thu Sep 12 08:43:08 MDT 2013

The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is
part of the ETH Domain. It employs approximately 500 people working on the
sustainable use and protection of the landscapes and habitats and a
respon-sible approach to handling natural hazards. The Research Unit Forest
Soils and Biogeochemistry studies the impact of environmental changes on
biogeochemi- cal cycles and, within a project cluster on “river
corridor management
(RECORD Catchment”), is looking for a

*PhD Student Nitrous oxide emissions from soils *

You will investigate the effects of soil aggregation, plant-soil
interactions and organic matter accumulation on the potential of soils to
emit the greenhouse gas N2O. To this end, you carry out microcosm
experiments with soils and plant/soil systems under controlled conditions
in the greenhouse or climate chambers. An important part will be the
development and application of novel isotopic methods to identify and
quantify sources and rates of N2O production processes. You will closely
collaborate with research groups at the universities of Basel and Zurich.

You have a M.Sc. degree in environmental sciences with a focus on (soil)
bio- geochemistry, or in analytical chemistry with a keen interest in soil
sciences. The willingness to handle complex laboratory systems and to
experiment with new methods is essential. Working in three different
research groups will re- quire flexibility and good social skills. Finally
you have good writing skills in English.

Please submit your complete application online at www.wsl.ch under "job
tunities or send it using reference number 796 to Mrs. Sabine Hirt, Human
sources WSL. The successful candidate will mostly work at the WSL, but will
be enrolled in the Geoscience PhD Program of the University of Basel. Jörg
Luster, phone +41 (0)44 739 22 95, or Moritz Lehmann (see address below)
are happy to provide fur-
ther information.

Prof. Dr. Moritz Lehmann
Aquatic and Isotope Biogeochemistry
University of Basel
Bernoullistrasse 30
CH-4056 Basel
Telephone +41-61-2673616
Fax: ++41/61/267 04 79
E-mail: moritz.lehmann at unibas.ch

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