Scientist

Geochemical Modelling and Thermodynamic Databases

Your tasks

  • Plan and conduct research in the area of environmental sciences and geotechnical engineering using geochemical modelling approach
  • Co-development of the GEMS/PSI geochemical modelling project, including the maintenance of existing modules and development of new advanced functionalities
  • Code benchmarking and verification
  • Implementation and validation of thermodynamic concepts for solid solutions, sorption models and advanced activity models
  • Maintenance and development of thermodynamic databases
  • Critical evaluation of thermodynamic data and development of self-consistent databases for geochemical modelling
  • Participation in projects relevant to long-term evolution of waste repositories for radioactive waste
  • Acquisition of project funding

Your profile

We are looking for a team player able to work independently with strong experience in geochemical modelling and thermodynamic databases, as well as programming skills. The candidate is expected to have profound experience in critical evaluation of thermodynamic data, development of self-consistent thermodynamic databases, solid solutions and activity models. The candidate should have broad understanding of geochemical processes and mineral fluid interaction phenomena. The successful candidate will have a University/PhD degree in Natural Sciences, Geochemistry or Geology. Very good command of English is required and knowledge of German will be beneficial.

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.

This is a Tenure Track position. The employment contract will initially be limited to three years.

For further information, please contact Dr Nikolaos Prasianakis, phone +41 56 310 24 15.

Please submit your application online by 29 February 2020 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Scientist (index no. 4403-01).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Michael Dorn, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland