PhD position in Environmental Geochemistry


We are inviting applications for a PhD student position in the Environmental Geochemistry Group at the University of Vienna (Austria). The successful candidate will be part of the collaborative research project “Mercury isotope ratios as a tool to trace and quantify Hg species transformations in contaminated soils and aquifers (MIRACOSA)” funded for three years by the Austrian (FWF) and German (DFG) Science Foundations. The project will be carried out at the University of Vienna (Austria) and the Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany). The PhD student will be based in Vienna, but we expect a close collaboration with the project partners in Braunschweig.

The research will focus on the application of mercury (Hg) stable isotope ratios as process tracers for biogeochemical cycling and transport of Hg in contaminated soils and aquifers. In addition to Hg isotope measurements using MC-ICP-MS, the project will involve the determination of Hg speciation in field samples from two contaminated sites in SW-Germany, the investigation of Hg species transformation processes in the field and in laboratory experiments, as well as reactive transport modeling. We offer excellent laboratory facilities and an inspiring research environment in Vienna, a city repeatedly top-ranked for quality of life worldwide.

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student with a strong interest to perform innovative research at the interface of environmental geochemistry and stable isotope geochemistry. Previous experience in these fields and/or analytical chemistry would be an advantage. Applicants should hold an MSc degree (or equivalent) in environmental sciences, geosciences, geoecology, environmental chemistry, or a related discipline. Good knowledge of English is essential. Employment will be according to standard regulations of the University of Vienna and the FWF. The application of women is highly encouraged. Starting date will be April 2018 or later upon mutual agreement.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, statement of research interests, transcripts/copy of certificates, and contact details of two references in a single pdf-file by e-mail to phd-miracosa@univie.ac.at. Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Jan Wiederhold (jan.wiederhold@univie.ac.at). Evaluation of applications will start on March 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

published: 06 Februay 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.