PhD Student in Groundwater Physics / Geochemistry

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Samstag, 24. Dezember 2016



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Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.
The Department of Water Resources and Drinking Water (W+T) invites applications for a
PhD Student in Groundwater Physics / Geochemistry
on physical and geochemical processes of arsenic contamination in aquifers of Hanoi, Vietnam

This project is part of the multilateral research collaboration “Retardation and mobilization of arsenic at redox fronts under advective flow conditions”, which is jointly funded by the Swiss and German funding agencies SNSF and DFG.

Elevated levels of arsenic (As) in groundwater are a health problem affecting over 100 million people worldwide, particularly in the densely populated river deltas of South and Southeast Asia. To date little is known about the long-term transport behaviour of arsenic under variable aquifer conditions. This project aims at developing an integral and generally applicable understanding of As mobilization, advection and retardation across redox gradients. The project consists of four coherent modules that are closely interacting (M1-Mineralogy & Geochemistry at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany; M2-Microbiology at the University of Tübingen, Germany, M3-Hydrochemistry & Environmental Physics at Eawag, Switzerland; M4-Integrated reactive transport modelling at the University of Tübingen, Germany), and fieldwork with the Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam.

This PhD student will apply environmental tracers and groundwater dating to identify sources of recharge and flow direction(s) at the meter to kilometer scale. The candidate will have an active role in fieldwork and groundwater monitoring in Vietnam, as well as artificially induced advection experiments and laboratory studies.
For further information on the project, please contact Prof. Dr Rolf Kipfer (, or Dr Michael Berg (

We are looking for a qualified candidate with a Master’s degree in physics, hydrogeology, environmental sciences, geochemistry, geology or a related field, preferably with knowledge and interest in (environmental) physics and water analysis. Excellent spoken/written English is a requirement. Fluency in German would be an advantage.

The period of appointment is 36 months, starting March 2017 or as agreed upon. The PhD enrolment will be at ETHZ, the Swiss Federal Institute of Science and Technology in Zurich.

Additional information
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

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2017.

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