[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral position in Environmental Biogeochemistry at ETH Zurich

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Thu Aug 21 16:20:17 MDT 2014

*Postdoctoral position in Environmental Biogeochemistry at ETH Zurich*

The Soil Chemistry Group (Prof. Ruben Kretzschmar) at the Department of
Environmental System Science at ETH Zurich aims at a better understanding
the biogeochemical processes controlling the speciation, mobility,
bioavailability, and cycling of essential and toxic trace elements in the
environment, with a focus on terrestrial systems and wetlands. In our
research, we combine multiple analytical techniques (including synchrotron
X-ray techniques) in field studies, laboratory studies with soils under
controlled environmental conditions, as well as experiments with simplified
model systems.We invite applications for a postdoctoral scientist position
in the field of environmental (bio)geochemistry. We offer a stimulating and
international research environment combined with outstanding infrastructure
(laboratories, library, computing), creating the opportunity to conduct
highly competitive research in environmental biogeochemistry.The
appointment is initially for 2 years, but may be extended to three years or
longer upon mutual agreement and in case of excellent performance.

We are seeking a highly motivated and well-trained scientist with a strong
background and experience in environmental soil chemistry and/or
biogeochemistry of trace elements (e.g., Hg, As, Cr, Se). The successful
candidate will conduct independent research on chemical/microbial processes
controlling speciation, bioavailability, and/or cycling of Fe, Mn, S, and
trace elements in terrestrial environments and related aquatic systems.
Solid knowledge of the surface and colloid chemistry of soil minerals,
natural organic matter, biogeochemical weathering, redox biogeochemistry,
environmental microbiology, mineralogy, and/or chemical speciation analysis
in natural systems is expected. Good working knowledge in modern analytical
techniques, geochemical modeling, and some experience in synchrotron X-ray
absorption spectroscopy would be an advantage.

The successful candidate must hold a PhD degree in soil chemistry,
environmental chemistry, geochemistry, mineralogy, or a closely related
field. He/she will conduct independent research, advise undergraduate and
graduate students, and collaborate with other team members as needed.
Involvement in the group's teaching program and other group activities will
be expected. Fluency in spoken and written English and the ability to work
in a team are essential; knowledge of German would be useful, but not
required. The position is ideally suited for candidates pursuing an
academic or scientific career.

Applicants should send an application letter, statement of research
interests and achievements, career plan, CV, list of publications,
transcripts, and names of 2-3 potential references in a single pdf-file to
postdoc1 at env.ethz.ch with "pd1" in the subject line. The letter should be
addressed to Prof. Ruben Kretzschmar. We will start evaluating the
applications on October 1, 2014, and continue the search until the position
is filled (please ask if you submit later than October 15). Female and male
candidates are equally invited to apply. Employment will be according to
standard regulations of the ETH Zurich.

Information about our research group can be found at:
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