Paul Scherrer Institute Phd Student Job Vacant Opportunity 2021

Paul Scherrer Institute Phd Student Job Vacant Opportunity 2021

 The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. We perform cutting-edge research in the fields of matter and materials, energy and environment and human health. By performing fundamental and applied research, we work on sustainable solutions for major challenges facing society, science and economy. PSI is committed to the training of future generations. Therefore, about one quarter of our staff are post-docs, post-graduates or apprentices. Altogether, PSI employs 2100 people.

Paul Scherrer Institute Phd Student Job Vacant Opportunity 2021
Paul Scherrer Institute Phd Student Job Vacant Opportunity 2021

Metals released into the biosphere may pose a significant threat for ecosystems and human health. Assessing this risk relies on a detailed knowledge of the geochemistry of the system, as well as on a detailed understanding of the retention mechanisms along the potential migration pathways. As major nano-particulate constituents of natural environments, clay minerals act as a chemical sink for dissolved micronutrients and pollutants. In spite of decades of research, however, there are still substantial knowledge gaps considering the molecular scale mechanism of ion uptake on clays. The goal of this project is to fill in (part of) these gaps.

For the Clay Sorption Mechanism Group of the Laboratory for Waste Management we are looking for a

PhD Student

To perform research towards the molecular-scale understanding of competitive cation adsorption on swelling clay minerals.

Your tasks

Advance the molecular scale understanding of competitive adsorption behaviour of different environmental relevant metals on natural and synthetic clay minerals. You will employ a thorough approach using highly complementary methods like synthesis of well-defined clays, mineral characterization techniques, sorption experiments, sorption modelling, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and molecular dynamic simulations. You will closely collaborate with renamed European research institutions, i.e., Institute des Sciences de la Terre (ISTerre, Grenoble), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF, Grenoble), and Institute of Chemistry of Materials and Media of Poitiers (IC2MP, Poitiers). You will communicate your scientific results in peer-reviewed journals, workshops and conferences.

Your profile

Master degree in Chemistry, Mineralogy, Earth or Environmental Sciences or a related field. Good communication skills in English and easy adaptation to multidisciplinary, international working environments. Affinity for laboratory work and thermodynamic modelling.

We offer

Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure.

The start of this employment is latest by 1 October 2021.

For further information, please contact Dr Maria Marques, phone +41 56 310 23 10 or Prof Dr Sergey Churakov, phone +4156 310 41 13.

Please submit your application online by 30 April 2021 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 4402-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut Human Resources Management, Melina Spycher, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland

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