PhD student position is available in the Microbial Physiology and Resource Biorecovery laboratory (MICROBE) of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland (microbe.epfl.ch) MICROBE is part of EPFL’s Institute of Environmental Engineering located on Lausanne campus.
Main duties and responsibilities
- The successful applicant will conduct research in applied/environmental microbiology at intercept with environmental engineering. Such as better understanding of anaerobic digestion function and ecology, the physiology of CO2-reducing microorganisms, and other topics in waste treatment and upcycling by microbial processes.
- The candidate will carry out work involving microbial cultivation, bioreactor operation, molecular biology, bioinformatic analysis, metabolite analysis (HPLC, GC).
- The candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary project funded by the Swiss Science Foundation.
- A MSc degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Chemistry, Microbiology, Chemical Engineering (or a closely related field) with evidence of research success in the form of a thesis and publications are required.
- The candidate should have a proven record of well-established background in microbiology and chemistry.
- Strong quantitative and experimental skills are clear assets.
- The candidate must be fluent in English.
- The ability to work independently as well as with a diverse research group and the ability to meet deadlines are necessary.
- The candidate should communicate effectively, be reliable, well-organized, and. respectful of others.
- A world-class research and training environment with access to state-of-the-art research facilities (https://www.epfl.ch/en/)
- A multi-cultural and stimulating work environment
- Highly competitive salaries
Interested candidates should submit their dossier (one single pdf) containing a motivation letter describing your experience and interest in the position, a CV, contacts for three professional references to [email protected]
Screening will start as applications come in; all qualified applicants will receive consideration.
Starting date: Flexible.