PhD student in the field of modelling plastic behavior in the environment

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Academic: PhD Position 100%
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January 1, 1
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Switzerland - Eastern Part / GR /FL
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Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.

In line with its mission, Empa's Technology and Society Laboratory (TSL) creates and transfers knowledge to support the transition to a more sustainability society. As part of TSL, the Environmental Risk Assessment and Management (ERAM) group conducts high-level research to evaluate, model and experimentally investigate the interactions of materials originating from new technology applications and products with the environment. ERAM is currently looking for a

This PhD project builds on a material flow model of the releases of plastic to the environment developed in a previous project. The aim of the PhD is to predict the fate and behaviour of plastics in the environment (soil and water). Transport of micro- and macroplastic and fragmentation of plastic under environmental conditions will be included.The PhD student will be enrolled at ETH Zürich in the Department of Environmental System Science under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Bernd Nowack.

We are looking for an excellent candidate interested in improving the understanding of plastics in the environment. The successful candidate should hold a MSc degree in environmental sciences, environmental engineering or a related discipline. The candidate should preferably have previous experience in environmental modeling. Very good communication skills in English, orally and written, are required.

We offer a highly interdisciplinary research environment to perform research relevant for science and regulators. Our young team consists of experienced scientists, post docs as well as PhD and master students. For more details visit .

For further information about the position please contact Prof. Dr. Bernd Nowack, Empa, 9014 St. Gallen, Switzerland, email: , tel +41 (0)58 765 76 92  and visit our websites and Empa-Video .
We are looking forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.
Empa, Esther Zürcher, Human Resources, Lerchenfeldstrasse 5, 9014 St. Gallen, Switzerland.
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