Ph.D. position in mineralogy and geochemistry of modern lacustrine microbialites
We invite applications for one Ph.D. position in mineralogy and geochemistry in the newly formed Biogeochemistry group at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Geneva (Switzerland) under the supervision of Prof. Nina Zeyen. The Biogeochemistry group aims to understand abiotic and biological formation and transformation of minerals within natural and engineered systems. This project will focus on the collection and characterization of microbialites from a modern lake affected by volcanic activity. The aim will be to characterize the mineralogy and the chemistry of microbialites and the sediments as well as the water chemistry at different locations in this lake with the objective to understand the key parameters responsible of microbialite formation.
Main duties and responsibilities include
The University of Geneva offers a stimulating research environment. With 18'865 students, 38% of which come from abroad. Situated on the shores of Lake Léman, Geneva is a perfect place to undertake high-level research in an idyllic setting between lakes and mountains. The department of Earth Sciences is located in the heart of Geneva in the Jonction neighbourhood, close to the departments of Environmental Sciences (Forel), Physics, Biology and Chemistry. The department of Earth Sciences shares collaborations and laboratories with the Institute of Earth Sciences from the University of Lausanne (UNIL) with preferential access to complementary facilities and expertise (e.g., SIMS). Information about the department can be found at https://www.unige.ch/sciences/terre/en/earth-sciences-department/
Start date: June 2023 (or upon agreement)
To apply, please send the following documents as a single pdf file with the subject line "PhD application_ [your name]" before February 15th, 2023 (or until the position is filled) to email@example.com
Queries about this opportunity should be sent to the same email address.