Post-Doctoral Research Position To Study "Occurrence, Fate And Effects Of Microplastics In The Aquatic Environment"

Country: Switzerland;

City: Basel

Vacancy added: 04.08.2019

Employer: University of Basel

Resumes due: 31.12.2019


The research group Man-Society-Environment of the Department of environmental Sciences is looking to expand its microplastics team with a post doctoral research fellow. Our research group studies the occurrence and fate of microplastics in the aquatic environment. We have previously published foundational work on microplastics in major rivers in Europe as well as the Antarctic region, studied the interaction of microplastics with aquatic organisms, and developed efficient methods for identification and quantification of microplastics.Website:

Your position
The postdoctoral fellow is expected to establish an independent line of research in the context of aquatic microplastics. Potential research avenues include the study of microplastics distribution and fate in the aquatic environment, their effect on biota, and/or the characterization of microplastics from various aquatic compartments such as water surface, sea ice, or snow. Research to promote methodological advances in identification and quantification of microplastics is encouraged.
The position includes a 3h/week teaching commission in the Master Course on Sustainable Development and the supervision of master students.

Your profile

  • PhD in biology, in environmental sciences, or in another relevant natural science discipline
  • Extensive experience and expertise in microplastics field work, separation, and analysis (mandatory)
  • Proven knowledge and experience in quantitative methods and statistics (mandatory)
  • Modelling experience (beneficial)

We look forward to hiring an enthusiastic, responsible and ambitious person with a "can do" attitude, an independent work style, and the ability to work in different teams and build international networks. Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English are required, knowledge of German is an asset.

We offer you

  • 5 year position, earliest starting date: December 2019 (negotiable)
  • Possibility to achieve a habilitation
  • Integration in an active, dynamic and interdisciplinary research unit with microplastics experience
  • A supportive, collaborative and cooperative work environment with regular meetings and exchanges
  • Participation in a broad and well established international research network
  • Modern research facilities and excellent scientific environment at Basel University

Application / Contact
For further information, please contact
Prof. Dr. Patricia Holm,
Universität Basel, Dept. Environmental Sciences (MGU)
Vesalgasse 1,
CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland,
Tel.: +41-61 207 04 02,

We accept only online applications. Please submit a letter of motivation, a CV, a documentation of academic degree and contact information of three potential referees. Closing date: August, 15th 2019.

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