PhD Student

To work on the molecular scale understanding of competitive cation adsorption on swelling clay minerals

Your tasks

Investigate the single and competitive adsorption behaviour of transition metals and lanthanides on natural and synthetic clay minerals. Use highly complementary methods like wet chemistry, thermodynamic modelling, EXAFS spectroscopy, and additional techniques like TEM, AFM, XRD and FTIR. Collaborate with renowned European research institutions: Institut des Sciences de la Terre (Grenoble); European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Grenoble) and Institute of Chemistry of Materials and Media (Poitiers).Communicate your scientific results in peer-reviewed journals, workshops and conferences.

Your profile

Master degree in Chemistry, Mineralogy, Earth or Environmental Sciences or a related field. Good communication skills in English and easy adaptation to multidisciplinary, international working environments. Affinity for laboratory work and thermodynamic modelling.

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.

For further information, please contact Dr Maria Marques, phone +41 56 310 23 10.

Please submit your application online by 30 September 2020 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 4402-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut Human Resources Management, Melina Spycher, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland