Group Leader Position in Geochemistry of Surface Waters (Tenure Track)

Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology)
Lucerne, Switzerland
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We are seeking an excellent scientist with a strong track record and a clear vision in geochemistry of surface waters, who will independently lead a research group. The position is associated to the Inorganic Environmental Geochemistry (IEG) group led by Prof. Lenny Winkel (Eawag, Department of Water Resources and Drinking Water (W+T) & ETH Zurich). Within Eawag, we are working closely together to solve environmental problems which is facilitated by our multi-disciplinarity. It is expected that the new group leader embrace this collaborative approach.

Research questions could focus on large-scale dynamics, such as characterizing the origin of organic and inorganic compounds and predicting their transfer from catchments to rivers, lakes and coastal waters, as well as understanding and predicting the dynamics and effects of these chemicals within the receiving water bodies. The emphasis could be on developing experimental approaches, including sensor networks, for analysing chemical processes in surface waters and analyses of data from existing monitoring programs combined with numerical modelling.

Required qualifications

  • PhD in chemistry, geochemistry or environmental chemistry
  • Excellent publication record in aquatic (geo)chemistry or related fields (environmental chemistry, organic chemistry)
  • Interest and experience in working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrated or potential ability for effective teaching in environmental science undergraduate and graduate-level courses and to acquire funding
  • Excellent communication skills in English, knowledge of, or willingness to learn German

The workplace is Kastanienbaum (Lucerne) with occasional presence in Dübendorf (Zurich) to facilitate collaboration. Furthermore, it is expected that the group leader in Geochemistry of Surface Waters supports teaching activities at ETH Zurich.

Eawag offers a unique research and working environment and is committed to promoting equal opportunities for women and men and to support the compatibility of family and work. Applications from women are especially welcome. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult and

Applications must be submitted by 15 November 2020 and should include an application letter, a research statement (2-5 pages) describing your interests and their relevance to this position, a CV and list of publications, and the names and contact information of three references. For further information, please contact Prof. Carsten Schubert or Prof. Lenny Winkel.

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