University of Bern
Institute of Geological Sciences
Rock-Water Interaction

The Rock-Water Interaction Group at the University of Bern conducts fundamental and applied research into groundwater evolution and quality, disposal of radioactive and toxic wastes, geothermal energy and other geo-resources. Our team of ~25 people deals with a large spectrum of methods, including field sampling, analysis of rocks and ground- and porewaters (chemistry, isotopes, gases), field- and laboratory-experiments, geochemical modelling and other theoretical approaches. We collaborate closely with research partners from academia, industry and public authorities worldwide.

To expand our team in the field of hydrogeochemistry and low-temperature geochemistry we are seeking to employ, ideally beginning on 1st February 2021, a

Research Scientist in Hydrogeochemistry

Employment rate: 80-100%, annually renewable, with a long-term perspective.


  • Sampling and analysis, critical evaluation, quality assurance and archiving of ground- and porewater data (chemistry, isotopes, gases) and relevant rock data
  • Co-management of wet-chemistry laboratory
  • Geochemical modelling of rock-water interaction (equilibrium, kinetics, isotopes)
  • Collaboration with team members in modelling and interpreting the geochemical evolution of ground- and porewaters in a hydrogeological context
  • Writing scientific reports and publications
  • Assistance with teaching and supervision of students


  • Education in Earth-Sciences (PhD, preferably in geochemistry)
  • Experience in treatment, modelling (e.g. PhreeqC) and interpretation of hydrochemical data
  • Experience in isotope hydrogeology (stable and radiogenic)
  • Flair for analytical work
  • Basic knowledge of geology, mineralogy and petrography
  • Languages: English (oral and written), German (at least ability to read)

We offer:

  • Employment according to the rules and conditions of the Canton of Bern
  • Work space and team work at the Institute of Geological Sciences, interaction with students
  • Close collaboration with research partners from academia and industry worldwide
  • Modern laboratory infrastructure, analytical instruments and computing systems

Applications containing the usual documentation should be sent in electronic form by 30th November 2020 to: Institute of Geological Sciences, Ms. S. Antenen, Baltzerstrasse 3, 3012 Bern, Switzerland.

Further information: Prof. L. W. Diamond, Tel. +41 (0)31 631 38 81,

posted: 21 October 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.