PhD Position - Biogeochemistry

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A position leading to a PhD Degree is available for a highly-motivated student, devoted to productive scholarship, to conduct research on river ecology and biogeochemistry at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich).

The successful candidate will investigate the relationship between habitat heterogeneity (i.e. composition, configuration, and connectivity of surface and subsurface habitats), generated through river restoration, and ecosystem processes (i.e. bacterial transformations of organic compounds on a molecular base, N-transformations).

This thesis is part of a large interdisciplinary project on developing coupled ecological and hydrological models in re¬stored river corridors.

M.S. degree required, with a thesis topic that addressed some aspect of riparian or stream ecology/biogeochemistry.

Preference will be given to those who have papers published, manuscripts submitted, or demonstrated writing skills.

Ability to work cooperatively in an interdisciplinary team effort is essential.

Research will involve empirical and experimental field and laboratory work. Basic skills in ecological modeling are considered an advantage.

This is a three-year position with a starting salary of about 42,000 Swiss Francs per year and a planned starting date 1 January.

To apply, please send a CV, transcripts, a brief description of your M.S. research and scientific interests, and the names (address/phone/e-mail) of three references electronically to:

Prof. Dr. Klement Tockner,
Department of Aquatic Ecology, EAWAG/ETHZ,
Box 611, 8600, Duebendorf, Switzerland.

Phone: +41 44 823 5616.
E-mail: [email protected]


Dr. Edith Durisch-Kaiser,
Inst. of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics,
ETHZ, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland.

Phone: +41 44 623 8336.
E-mail: [email protected]

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