[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc Position Laboratory for Air Pollution/Environmental Technology

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Sat May 13 20:07:51 MDT 2017

Dear colleagues,

The Laboratory for Air Pollution/Environmental Technology at Empa,
Switzerland offers a 36 month Postdoc position on N2O production from

The postdoc at Empa will collaborate with scientists at University of Basel
(Prof. Dr. Moritz
Lehmann), and Eawag in Dübendorf and Kastanienbaum (Dr. A. Joss and Dr. H.
Bürgmann) to
advance our understanding of the nitrogen metabolism in pure and mixed
anammox cultures.
The overarching goal of the SNF Sinergia project is to develop an optimized
nitrogen removal
process for full-scale wastewater treatment using nitritation-anammox
systems with stable
operation, high N removal efficiency and minimized greenhouse gas emissions.

Work at Empa will focus on the identification of major biogenic or abiotic
N2O production
pathway(s) in nitritation-anammox using 15N and 18O labelling and natural
abundance studies.
Therefore also the isotopic composition of N2O from potentially related
inorganic pathways will
be determined. Gaseous emissions from lab and pilot scale reactors will be
monitored using QCL
absorption spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy as well as mass spectrometry.
Activities will be
coordinated with activities at Eawag Dübendorf on process design /
modelling, University of
Basel on the inorganic nitrogen pathway, and Eawag Kastanienbaum using
molecular biological
techniques to study the anammox consortia.

For further information please have a look at the attached job announcement.

Best regards,


Joachim Mohn
Laboratory for Air Pollution / Environmental Technology
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
Überlandstrasse 129
8600 Dübendorf

Tel +41 58 765 46 87
Fax +41 58 765 11 22
joachim.mohn @empa.ch

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