Ph.D. Position in Urban Biocides Transformation
and Transfer (M/F)

We are looking for a creative, qualified and motivated Ph.D. candidate, in the context of the ongoing INTERREG V funded collaborative research project NAVEBGO (Strategy for the reduction of biocides in groundwater from the Upper Rhine) at the Laboratory of Hydrology and Geochemistry of Strasbourg (France), in strong collaboration with the University of Freiburg (Germany, coordinator of the project), the University of Landau (Germany) and the University of Lüneburg (Germany).

The project involves (i) the acquisition of hydrochemical, biocides from painting and stable isotope data (compound-specific isotope analysis) from stormwater in a urban catchment and in groundwater; (ii) the development of in situ experiment (outdoor experimental walls) to evaluate biocides transformation and leaching from wall surfaces; (iii) lab-column experiments to evaluate the infiltration of biocides from surface to groundwater in urban areas; (iv) the mechanistic interpretation and (basic) modelling of biocide transformation and transport from urban wall surfaces to the groundwater. The successful candidate will help develop conceptual approaches and new integrative experimental tools to monitor and understand transformation processes of urban biocide. Work to be performed by the Ph.D. candidate will include:

  • Evaluation of biocide transformation in urban areas (field and lab), sampling approaches and chemical analyses
  • Application of methods for stable isotope analysis of biocide in runoff water and sediments
  • Working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team and with external partners
  • Preparing peer-reviewed scientific publications and presentations for scientific conferences.

Applications will require:

  • A M.Sc. degree in contaminant hydrology and/or environmental chemistry (within the last 2 years)
  • Experience in urban hydrology and pollutant analyses (GCMS, LCMS, etc.)
  • Good command of the English language (written and oral)
  • Communication skills and an ability to work in an interdisciplinary team with scientists, engineers, and technicians
  • The publication of at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal
  • A working knowledge on application of numerical modelling approaches, pollutant transformation, stable isotope analysis, and/or CSIA as well as an international research experience, will be additional assets.

The position is for three years. We offer salary and social benefits according to French public sector regulations. Please submit your application, including letter of motivation, CV, list of publications, copies of certificates, and the names and contact information of potential referees, and all other requested information to (Portail Emploi CNRS). Scientific contact: Gwenaël Imfeld (

Closing date for applications is June 30, 2019. Preferred starting period will be October 2019.

Additional information:

The Laboratory of Hydrology and Geochemistry (LHyGeS, UMR 7517 CNRS; focuses on flow and transport in continental hydrological systems. Research activities associate experimental and isotopic biogeochemistry with hydrology to understand processes at different scales and to develop transport models. LHyGeS conducts lab- and field-scale experiments to study transport of water and contaminants, and the team focuses on the transformation of pollutants using compound-specific isotope analysis (CSIA) in catchments, soils, and aquifers. Research at University of Strasbourg covers all areas of science, and encourages interdisciplinary and international collaborations. Located at the heart of Europe in a trinational region of dynamic economic activity, Strasbourg is a pioneer city in terms of environmental awareness in France, and a very pleasant place to live in.

posted: 20 May 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.