The Soil Chemistry Group at the Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich, invites applications for

2 Postdoctoral positions in soil chemistry /
environmental (bio)geochemistry


Our research group focuses on the biogeochemical cycles of essential and potentially toxic trace elements in the environment and their coupling with major elements such as carbon, iron, manganese, and sulfur. Currently, we focus on the behavior of chalcophile and/or redox-active elements (e.g., As, Se, Hg, Cr, Cu, Cd) in wetlands, river floodplains, mining-affected environments, and rice paddies. Our research is process-oriented, and includes both field and laboratory studies using natural samples and model systems. We use a variety of analytical techniques including XRD, XRF, ICP-MS, ICP-OES, FT-IR, TEM/SEM, and synchrotron X-ray techniques.

Depending on the candidate's background and interests and within the general scope of our group, the selected candidates will develop their own research projects under the supervision of Ruben Kretzschmar and Iso Christl. The postdoctoral positions are for two years (extension may be possible) and can be filled within the first half of 2017. Outstanding candidates with at least 2 years postdoc experience may be appointable at the Senior Assistant (Oberassistent) level. Work-related interactions will be in English, but some knowledge of German would be an advantage.

The ideal candidate should possess a strong academic background in environmental geochemistry as well as a documented record of previous research accomplishments. Relevant experience in soil sciences, analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, mineralogy, electron microscopy, molecular biology, and/or biogeochemical modelling, are highly valued.

For further information about the group and position, please contact Prof. Dr. Ruben Kretzschmar by email kretzschmar@env.ethz.ch (no applications) and visit our website www.soilchem.ethz.ch/.

We are looking forward to receive your online application including an application letter, curriculum vitae including publication list, 1-page research statement describing your research interests and career objectives, and contact information for three references. Please address it to: ETH Zurich, Mr. Olivier Meyrat, Human Resources, CH-8092 Zurich. Application review will begin on December 1, 2016, and continue until the positions are filled.

Applications via email will not be considered.

posted: 11 October 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.