Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Chemistry (2 years) 100%
20.08.2019 | Position with re­spon­si­bil­i­ties | 100%

Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Chemistry (2 years) 100%

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.
In the Department of Environmental Chemistry at Eawag there is a position opening for a
Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Chemistry (2 years)

This project will address the lack of information on microbial biotransformation half-lives of contaminants of concern for water resources such as plant protection products and pharmaceuticals. Specifically, in the project we will collaborate with respective chemical companies to develop an approach to predict regulatory half-life endpoints in soil and sediment from high-throughput biotransformation experiments with activated sludge. Work within the project will include running biotransformation experiments with activated sludge for a wide range of active ingredients, their chemical analysis (potentially including transformation product analysis with high-resolution mass spectrometry), and data analysis, including modelling of the bioavailability of study chemicals in soil and sediment. Work might also include some collecting of half-life data from the respective study reports provided by industry.

Requirements: Candidates for this position are expected to hold a PhD in environmental or analytical chemistry. Candidates with working experience in handling large chemical data sets with R or similar tools, and/or an additional background in data science will be preferred. Candidates are expected to have excellent academic records, a keen interest in scientific research, and good English communication skills. Eagerness to demonstrate self-initiative, particularly in interacting with industry partners, is required for this position. Interested candidates should also note that the project partially entails working with confidential industry data, which might put some limitations on publishing results. In return, the successful candidate will have ample opportunity to liaise with research scientists from different chemical industries and regulatory agencies and to thus build up a highly valuable professional network.

Benefits: The environmental chemistry department at Eawag and the research group of Dr. Kathrin Fenner are internationally recognized leaders in the field of chemical fate and will provide for a highly stimulating, interdisciplinary research environment. The position is funded for a two-year period with an attractive remuneration package. The preferred start date is late 2019. Dr. Kathrin Fenner is associate professor at the Chemistry Department of the University of Zurich, and also maintains strong interactions with various groups at the Department of Environmental Systems Sciences at ETH Zürich. Both Eawag and the two universities are located within the Zürich metropolitan area. The city of Zürich is continuously ranked among the top cities in the world for quality of life and is within close proximity to the Swiss Alps.

Eawag is committed to promoting equal opportunities for women and men and to support the compatibility of family and work. Applications from women are especially welcome. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult and

Applications should include a concise statement describing your motivation to work on this research project, curriculum vitae, copies of your academic qualifications and two letters of support with the affiliations of the supporting scientists. The deadline for applications is 30th September 2019, or until the position is filled. For further information, please consult or contact: Prof. Dr. Kathrin Fenner,, Phone +41 (0)58 765 5085.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please send your application through this webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. Please click on the link below, this will take you directly to the application form.

Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

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