PhD position in Geobiology and Microbiology of Extreme Environments

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Geobiology Group of the Department of Earth Sciences studies the co-‚Äčevolution of life and Earth using methods inspired by systems biology, phylogenetics, and data science and is offering a PhD position in Geobiology and Microbiology of Extreme Environments. 

Job description

The PhD project will investigate how seismic activity and oxidative stress affect subsurface microbial and viral communities. For this position you have a strong background in either geobiology, environmental microbiology and/or computational biology (or related subjects) and are interested in microbial evolution and extreme environments. This project includes experimental and computational components including microbial enrichment experiments, underground field experiments at the Bedretto Underground Lab's Deep Life Observatory and metagenomic/metatranscriptomic/metaproteomic analysis.

Salary and general working conditions will be consistent with ETH standards.

Your profile

You should:

  • Have a strong research interest in geobiology, microbiology and data science
  • Have experience with a programming language (e.g. python, R) is required
  • Have experience with either metagenomic analysis or experimental microbiology is desired
  • Hold a MSc degree in a related field
  • Be fluent in English

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We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • letter of interest
  • CV (including names of academic references)
  • academic transcripts

Candidates will be screened on a continuous basis until the position has been filled.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about the Department of Earth Sciences can be found on our website www.erdw.ethz.ch. Further information about the position please contact Prof. Dr. Cara Magnabosco, cara.magnabosco@erdw.ethz.ch, Tel +41 44 632 36 80.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • letter of interest
  • CV (including names of academic references)
  • academic transcripts

Candidates will be screened on a continuous basis until the position has been filled.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about the Department of Earth Sciences can be found on our website www.erdw.ethz.ch. Further information about the position please contact Prof. Dr. Cara Magnabosco, cara.magnabosco@erdw.ethz.ch, Tel +41 44 632 36 80.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.