PhD position in Physical Limnology (Aquatic Physics Group)

University of Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭

The Aquatic Physics Group, Department F.-A. Forel at University of Geneva invites applications for a PhD position in Physical Limnology. This highly interdisciplinary PhD project will investigate the occurrence, production, transport and fate of methane in inland waters (lakes, rivers, etc.). Project: The “Methane paradox”. Normally produced in anoxic conditions, the occurrence of methane in oxygenated lake surface waters has recently gained attention. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and its oversaturation in the surface water places this climate-relevant gas near the atmosphere. Growing evidence suggests that this phenomenon may be wider-spread than previously assumed, and may contribute significantly to global methane emissions. The project will combine physical and biogeochemical limnological approaches to 1) determine seasonal methane production, 2) isolate key mechanisms, 3) determine regional occurrence and patterns and 4) estimate the contribution to global atmospheric emissions. The successful candidate will implement state-of-the-art equipment and techniques (both in the field and in the lab), perform extended field campaigns and surveys, and utilize simple modeling approaches. This project is interlinked with several collaborators, offering the student the unique opportunity to visit and conduct research in laboratories within and outside Switzerland. The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to co-supervise a Master’s student project.

Your profile: You are motivated, enthusiastic, with a passion for scientific research. A background in aquatic physics, environmental engineering, natural science or related field is required. Some experience with modeling, programming, laboratory analysis and techniques is desirable, but not required. Applicants are expected to possess excellent communications skills in English and scientific writing. Additionally, the candidate must
  • Enjoy working both outdoors (on water) and in laboratory settings
  • Learn to confidently operate and maintain sophisticated scientific equipment
  • Possess a driving license
  • Be willing to obtain a Swiss boating license
We offer: a 3 year PhD, with the possibility to extend for 1 more year. The position will start as soon as possible (anticipated Spring 2017). The salary is set by the University of Geneva and Swiss National Science Foundation guidelines. Interested candidates: submit your application to Prof. Daniel F. McGinnis ([email protected]) before 15 November 2016. Applications must include: · Cover letter, including statement of motivation and qualifications · Current CV · Contact information for 2 – 3 references · University transcripts For more information, see