Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is a Swiss-based and internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH domain (Swiss Federal Institute of Science and Technology). It is committed to the ecologically, economically and socially responsible management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems.
The intended work will focus on the early diagenetic processes of the Fe/Mn layers in the sediments of Lake Baikal, Siberia.
Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater reservoir on earth, and is very oligotrophic and pristine in most parts. It lies in a tectonic rift zone, is 25-30 mio years old and holds some 7 km of sediments. Well-structured layers of Fe and Mn oxides form at the redox interface of these sediments at some locations. Within certain regions of the lake floor, remains of such layers are buried in the sediment and bear the possibility to be used as proxy indicators of past global changes in climatic conditions. At present, however, it is not clear under what circumstances the crusts are formed and buried.
The candidate for this position holds a Ph.D. degree in the filed of environmental sciences. He/she is knowledgeable in freshwater lake sediments, geochemistry, early diagenetic processes, and takes interest in modeling. Good command of the English language and good writing skills are essential. Start can be early in 2011. Workplace is Eawag Kastanienbaum, near Lucerne.
Application Deadline is June 30, 2011
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