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PhD Student in Environmental Geochemistry of Thallium, Switzerland


The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology Eawag starts a collaboration between the Molecular Environmental Geochemistry Group, Dr Andreas Voegelin, Eawag, and the Clay Sorption Mechanisms Group, Dr Bart Baeyens, PSI.

For the Department of Water Resources and Drinking Water Treatment at Eawag, we are looking for a

PhD Student

in Environmental Geochemistry of Thallium

Your tasks

Thallium (Tl) is a highly toxic but poorly understood trace metal. The present PhD project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation aims to advance the state of knowledge on the environmental behaviour of Tl.

State-of-the-art analytical instrumentation, including X-ray absorption spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, combined with innovative experiments with radiothallium will be used to (i) assess the sorption of Tl to key mineral sorbents, (ii) the speciation and solubility of Tl in Tl-contaminated soils and sediments, and (iii) to rationalize the results based on mechanistic and quantitative sorption models. In combination, the results are expected to provide novel insight into the environmental geochemistry of an inorganic contaminant of substantial concern.

Your profile

If you are excited about exploring chemical reactions at the solid-water interface that critically affect environmental quality, you are invited to apply. The successful candidate for this position is expected to hold an MSc degree in environmental sciences, geochemistry, chemistry or closely related disciplines. Advanced knowledge of aquatic chemistry and/or mineralogy would be an asset. Excellent communication skills in English (and ideally also German) and willingness to work in a team are essential.

We offer

The duration of the position will be 3 years, with a potential one-year extension. Main workplace and employment will be at Eawag (Dübendorf near Zürich), but parts of the experimental work will be carried out at PSI (Villigen, AG). The candidate will be enrolled in the PhD student program of ETH Zurich. The student will be supervised by Dr Andreas Voegelin (Eawag), co-supervised by Dr Bart Baeyens (PSI), and advised by Prof Bernhard Wehrli (ETH Zurich, Eawag).

Applications are reviewed until the position is filled. Project start is on 1 January 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter. For any further information, please contact Dr Andreas Voegelin (

We look forward to receiving your application – including (i) a cover letter concisely describing the applicant’s motivation for pursuing a PhD program, (ii) a complete resume, (iii) transcript of records, and (iv) the names and contact information of two-three academic references. Copies of prior publications or theses will be considered if made available as PDF.

Please send your application for this position via the respective announcement on This will take you directly to the application form on the Eawag Career Site.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 31 October 2015

PhD Student in Environmental Geochemistry of Thallium : PDF

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Posted on 2015-10-06 00:00:00

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