Postdoc on reactive transport modeling in hydrogeology

Groundwater is an important source of water for drinking water supply and ecosystems that is under increasing pressure. Contamination by organic substances such as industrial solvents or pesticides is particularly common. The project aims at investigating how reactive processes in aquitards and rock-matrices influence groundwater quality via diffusion/back-diffusion processes. The research will mainly consist of numerical modeling relying on unique high-resolution data sets from research sites such as the renowned Borden site in Canada. Additional field data will be acquired in the frame of a related PhD project that focusses on experimental studies.

The PhD position is based at the Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics of the University of Neuchâtel (CHYN).The CHYN provides a stimulating research environment with about 50 collaborators working on a wide range of topics in hydrogeology and geothermics. The candidate will benefit from the extensive experience of members of the CHYN in the fields of experimental contaminant hydrogeology and numerical modeling, and an international network of collaborations.

Required qualifications

The successful candidate is expected to have a PhD in hydrogeology, environmental science/engineering or related fields, and experience on numerical modeling. The project is ideally suited for candidates who wish to apply cutting-edge modeling methods to challenging environmental issues and enjoy working as part of multidisciplinary team.


Beginning 1.1.2017 or upon agreement for a period 3 years funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Additional information and application

Additional information about the position can be obtained from Prof. D. Hunkeler (, 032 718 25 60). Applications should include a concise statement describing your motivation to work on this project, copies of your academic qualifications and names of two referees. The application should be submitted to

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