Open PhD position on Environmental Chemistry of Nanomaterials

Empa is an interdisciplinary research and services institution for
material sciences and technology development within the ETH Domain. For a
joint research project between the Laboratory for Analytical Chemistry
and the Technology and Society Laboratory we are searching for a

PhD Student in environmental chemistry of nanoparticles

The project aims at investigating the behavior of nanoparticles released
from paints into the environment. The emphasis will be on analytical
method development and the investigation of fate processes like
dissolution, agglomeration, sedimentation or other transformation
We are looking for a highly qualified and motivated candidate interested
in a fundamental understanding of nanoparticle behavior in the
environment. The candidate should have a good background in analytical
and environmental chemistry and should be fully motivated, focused on
experimental work and interested in multidisciplinary research.

The ideal candidate (m/f) is a communicative experimental chemist,
natural scientist, environmental scientist or a related discipline with a
Master’s degree of a University or an equivalent degree. Knowledge in
analytical chemistry, especially field flow fractionation or
chromatography techniques in combination with plasma mass spectrometry
are advantageous.

The work will be carried out at Empa Dübendorf and Empa St. Gallen under
supervision of PD Dr. Bernd Nowack and Dr. A. Ulrich. Enrolment of the
PhD is at ETH Zürich. Prof. Dr. Laura Sigg is the academic supervisor at
ETHZ. The position will be available in June 2010. The planned project
duration is three years.
Please send your complete application (German or English) including CV,
exam certificates, list of publications as well as names and addresses
of at least two academic references to Dr. Bernd Nowack. Only complete
applications will be evaluated.

For further information please contact Dr. Bernd Nowack,

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Comment by Dr. Anal K. Jha on July 18, 2010 at 6:11am
I am interested to work in this area.

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