Environmental chemistry/engineering

Friday, November 11, 2016
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PhD student
Job Institution: 
University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
Job Description: 

The Environmental Geochemistry Lab in the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) is recruiting a highly motivated PhD students to begin in Winter 2017.

The research project, which is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, involves developing ECAR: a low-cost and sustainable technology based on electrolytic dissolution of Fe(0) for arsenic removal. In this project we plan to develop ECAR for the removal of Mn in the presence and absence of As, as well as for the removal of selected organic contaminants. We focus on Mn because it often co-occurs with As in groundwater and because elevated concentrations of Mn in drinking water supplies have recently been associated with neurological effects.

The ideal candidate will be interested in water quality and water chemistry, as well as using an experimental approach to resolve reaction kinetics and mechanisms.

More information about the position and application instructions can be found here:



  • Master's degree in environmental chemistry, environmental engineering, environmental science, geoscience or related discipline.
  • Knowledge of analytical chemistry, spectroscopy and mineralogy in an asset.
  • Commitment to conduct a PhD thesis based on experimental approaches, including spectroscopic measurements and kinetic modeling.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.

Salary Information: Initial contract for 1 year with 47,040 CHF/year salary. The contract can be renewed once for a 2 year period and possibly a further year for a maximum of 4 years of study.