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.
- 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