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Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.
Postdoctoral position on “Microbial behavior in soil”
The Subsurface Environmental Processes Group (Eawag and ETH Zurich) and the Environmental Microfluidics Group (Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at ETH Zurich) are seeking a dynamic and motivated postdoctoral fellow for a project to study microbial ecology in soil analogues.
Soils are topologically complex and highly heterogeneous with regard to the spatial distribution of fluid flow velocities and chemical gradients. Soil microorganisms, and in particular bacteria, are therefore exposed to heterogeneous chemical landscapes. This project will focus on studying the influence of the spatial heterogeneity of nutrients and flow dynamics on bacteria swimming behavior and the population dynamics by determining the nature of interactions between species, combining microfluidics and advanced optical visualization techniques.

The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work in a highly interdisciplinary, cutting-edge environment, to interact with researchers from many different disciplines and to gain skills in a number of engineering approaches. The ability to work independently, but also to interact and collaborate within a team, will be great assets. The project will be jointly supervised by Dr. Joaquin Jimenez-Martinez (Eawag and ETH Zurich, SEP Group) and Prof. Roman Stocker (ETH Zurich, Stocker Lab).

To apply, you must have a PhD degree in biology, biochemistry or a related subject. Knowledge of optical microscopy and microfluidics would be beneficial. The candidate should enjoy working experimentally at the interface between biology, soft matter and physics.

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas, a brief (1 page) statement of research interests and contact details of at least 2 referees. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, with the position to start as early as October 1, 2020.

Eawag offers a unique research and working Environment and is committed to promoting equal opportunities for women and men and to support the compatibility of family and work. Applications from women are especially welcome. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult and

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Joaquin Jimenez-Martinez by email at or (no applications).

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