Ph.D. Position At Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

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.
To strengthen our research efforts toward a mechanistic understanding of the complex interactions of environmental stressors with aquatic organisms, the Department of Environmental Toxicology (Utox) invites applications for a Group Leader Position in Bioanalytics
We are seeking applications from excellent scientists with a strong record of accomplishment to establish an innovative, independent research program with a clear vision to advance bioanalytics in aquatic toxicology.

To establish a group with high international visibility, the candidate should have:

  • Detailed knowledge and a research portfolio in mass spectrometry-based analytical sciences, including but not limited to proteomics or metabolomics
  • Strong interests in a mechanistic understanding of molecular processes and adverse outcomes in organisms/cells
  • A passion to collaborate in multidisciplinary research teams with the aim to improve our understanding of aquatic ecosystems at various levels of biological organization and to develop and maintain a research network with external partners
  • A motivation to participate in applied research with links to practice including engagement with relevant stakeholder

Candidates with a solid background in mass spectrometry-based analytics of biomolecules are invited to apply (Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, mass spectrometry-based molecular biology, or in environmental sciences with emphasis on analytical sciences). The successful candidate is expected to acquire third-party funding, with the support of the Department, recruit Ph.D. and Master’s students, and contribute to Eawag’s mandate in teaching and expert consulting. Excellent communication in English and teamwork skills are essential. This position is tenure track – a successful conclusion of the tenure track will lead to a permanent group leader position at Eawag.

The Department of Environmental Toxicology offers an exciting and stimulating research environment and excellent opportunities for collaborative research. The group leader position is embedded in Eawag’s on-going (bio)analytical activities and offers world-class infrastructure and facilities.

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

Applications should be submitted by 29 of February 2020 and should include a cover letter, a research statement (2-5 pages) describing your interests and their relevance to this position, a CV and list of publications, and the names and contact information for three references.  Apply by visiting

For further information, please contact Prof Kristin Schirmer at

Posted 2/12/2020