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PhD Position in Anaerobic Microbiology, Anaerobic Digestion, and Biotechnological Applications

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PhD student position is available in the Microbial Physiology and Resource Biorecovery laboratory (MICROBE) of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland ( 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.

Your Profile

  • 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. 

We offer

  • A world-class research and training environment with access to state-of-the-art research facilities (
  • 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.

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