[ES_JOBS_NET] Two PhD positions at University of Basel, Switzerland, Stable Isotope and Aquatic Biogeochemistry Research Group

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Mon May 5 14:24:14 MDT 2014

*2 PhD Positions in* *Environmental Microbiology /
Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry*

are available in the Stable Isotope and Aquatic Biogeochemistry Research
Group at the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Basel. In
the frame of a SNSF-funded research project of 3-year duration, we plan to
assess quantitatively the seasonal dynamics of biogeochemical nitrogen
cycling in South Alpine Lake Lugano. Project A will focus on environmental
controls and isotope fingerprints of coupled nitrogen-sulfur
transformations in the water column. Project B will focus on the dynamics
of benthic N cycling, solute fluxes, and associated microbial communities. Both
projects will involve laboratory and fieldwork with extensive use of stable
isotope mass spectrometry methods (IRMS, GC-IRMS), isotope tracers, and
advanced molecular microbiological techniques.

We are looking for highly motivated students with a master degree in
environmental-, geo- or life sciences, and a solid background and interest
in one or several of the following research fields: biogeochemistry
environmental microbiology, limnology, and/or isotope geochemistry. Ability
to work in an interdisciplinary team and good communication skills
including fluency in English are essential. We offer an international,
multidisciplinary work environment and excellent research infrastructure.

Please send your complete application documents, including a letter stating
your motivation, experience and skills, a CV, and contact details of at
least two references as a single pdf file to: jakob.zopfi at unibas.ch. For
further information please contact Dr. J. Zopfi or Dr. Moritz Lehmann (
moritz.lehmann at unibas.ch).

Review of applications will begin 1. July, 2014. Expected start date is 1.
October, 2014 or at the earliest convenience.

Compensation will be according to the guidelines of the Swiss National
Science Foundation SNFS (www.snf.ch).

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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