Ph.D. student in environmental chemistry

A fully funded Ph.D. position (4 years) is open for an enthusiastic young researcher to
work in an interdisciplinary team consisting of the Organic Micropollutants and
Paleolimnology research groups at the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research
and the Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland

The position is aimed at investigating, in situ, the transport, resuspension, transformation, and deposition of plant protection products (PPPs) in different environmental compartments by systematically tracing PPP emissions in soils, surface water, air, and suspended particles. The Ph.D. candidate will work in an experimental field under controlled conditions in partnership with Agroscope Reckenholz. Selected PPPs and main transformation products will be systematically measured in annual cycles using target (QqQ MS) and nontarget (HRMS) analyses. The position is part of an ongoing project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation aiming to assess the transport,transformation, and model parametrization of currently used PPPs.
Applicants should hold an M.Sc. degree (90 ECTS) in earth or environmental sciences,
environmental chemistry, physical geography, or similar. They must be motivated to use different laboratory techniques (LC-MS/MS, HRMS, PLE, SPE, LVI) and conduct fieldwork.
Applicants should also be able to work with large data sets (GB to TB). Experience in
sedimentology, biogeochemistry, and/or statistics is an additional asset. Strong English
language skills are expected. Good command of the German language is not a
requirement but will be helpful in everyday life. The selected Ph.D. candidate will enroll in the Graduate School of Climate Sciences, University of Bern
We offer
The Institute of Geography / Oeschger Centre offers an interdisciplinary and
stimulating research environment, a competitive salary, integration into a dynamic team, a Ph.D. program that is in high demand among students, and a broad research environment.
The position is available from October 1, 2022 or earlier (negotiable). The review of
applications will start on August 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Please
direct inquiries to Prof. Dr. Aurea C. Chiaia-Hernández at
Applicants must submit a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, a transcript of their
M.Sc. with grades, and the contact information of three referees.
Applications (in a single PDF file) should be sent electronically to
Prof. Dr. Aurea C. Chiaia Hernández, Institute of Geography, University of Bern,; Tel: + 41 31 684 55 18.