PhD Position in Environmental Organic Chemistry at ETH Zurich

Outstanding international students are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in electrochemistry at ETH Zurich. Applications will be evaluated immediately.

We are inviting applications for a PhD position in the groups of Environmental Chemistry and Subsurface Biogeochemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (Dr. Michael Sander, Prof. Martin Schroth, and Prof. Kristopher McNeill). new position.Project motivation & description: Northern peatlands are a major pool in the global carbon cycle. Because of the significant amounts of stored carbon, it is critical to understand the processes that result in the release of carbon dioxide and methane from these systems to the atmosphere. Processes that control the emission of methane are of particular importance because of its large warming potential. With this PhD project, we seek to investigate the role of peat organic matter as terminal electron acceptor for anaerobic microbial respiration in these systems and its impacts on methane emissions. While the focus of the PhD project will be on mechanistic studies in the laboratory, the project also involves several field trips to peatlands in central Sweden to collect samples and to conduct experiments directly in the field. The PhD project will advance a more fundamental understanding of redox processes in northern peatlands and, thereby, our understanding of greenhouse gas emissions from these systems.

The PhD student will have access to and acquire expertise on state-of-the art experimental systems and advanced analytical techniques, including analytical electrochemistry, high-resolution mass spectrometry, and (isotope sensitive) greenhouse gas analysis. The PhD project is embedded into a larger, interdisciplinary research effort with international collaborations.


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