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Position: PhD Student
Institution: Paul Scherrer Institut
Location: Villigen, Aargau, Switzerland
Duties: Advance the molecular scale understanding of competitive adsorption behaviour of different environmental relevant metals on natural and synthetic clay minerals. You will employ a thorough approach using highly complementary methods like synthesis of well-defined clays, mineral characterization techniques, sorption experiments, sorption modelling, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and molecular dynamic simulations. You will closely collaborate with renamed European research institutions, i.e., Institute des Sciences de la Terre (ISTerre, Grenoble), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF, Grenoble), and Institute of Chemistry of Materials and Media of Poitiers (IC2MP, Poitiers). You will communicate your scientific results in peer-reviewed journals, workshops and conferences
Requirements: Master degree in Chemistry, Mineralogy, Earth or Environmental Sciences or a related field. Good communication skills in English and easy adaptation to multidisciplinary, international working environments. Affinity for laboratory work and thermodynamic modelling
   
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We perform cutting-edge research in the fields of matter and materials, energy and environment and human health. By performing fundamental and applied research, we work on sustainable solutions for major challenges facing society, science and economy. PSI is committed to the training of future generations. Therefore, about one quarter of our staff are post-docs, post-graduates or apprentices. Altogether, PSI employs 2100 people. Metals released into the biosphere may pose a significant threat for ecosystems and human health. Assessing this risk relies on a detailed knowledge of the geochemistry of the system, as well as on a detailed understanding of the retention mechanisms along the potential migration pathways. As major nano-particulate constituents of natural environments, clay minerals act as a chemical sink for dissolved micronutrients and pollutants. In spite of decades of research, however, there are still substantial knowledge gaps considering the molecular scale mechanism of ion uptake on clays. The goal of this project is to fill in (part of) these gaps. For the Clay Sorption Mechanism Group of the Laboratory for Waste Management we are looking for a PhD Student To perform research towards the molecular-scale understanding of competitive cation adsorption on swelling clay minerals. Your tasks Advance the molecular scale understanding of competitive adsorption behaviour of different environmental relevant metals on natural and synthetic clay minerals. You will employ a thorough approach using highly complementary methods like synthesis of well-defined clays, mineral characterization techniques, sorption experiments, sorption modelling, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and molecular dynamic simulations. You will closely collaborate with renamed European research institutions, i.e., Institute des Sciences de la Terre (ISTerre, Grenoble), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF, Grenoble), and Institute of Chemistry of Materials and Media of Poitiers (IC2MP, Poitiers). You will communicate your scientific results in peer-reviewed journals, workshops and conferences. Your profile Master degree in Chemistry, Mineralogy, Earth or Environmental Sciences or a related field. Good communication skills in English and easy adaptation to multidisciplinary, international working environments. Affinity for laboratory work and thermodynamic modelling. We offer Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure. For further information, please contact Dr Maria Marques, phone 41 56 310 23 10 or Prof Dr Sergey Churakov, phone 4156 310 41 13. Please submit your application online by 31 December 2020 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 4402-00). 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