Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate to conduct research focused
on interpreting spatial and temporal patterns in soil water isotopes. The project leverages a
unique long‐term water isotope data set collected throughout Switzerland. The long‐term
goal of the project is to use environmental water isotopes to improve our understanding of
soil water storage and plant water relations in a manner that can inform environmental
The successful candidate will be an independent and highly motivated scientist with a
strong background in environmental water isotopes and/or stable isotope biogeochemistry.
Additional expertise in geospatial statistics, (eco)hydrology, or soil physics is particularly
The research associate will be based in the Department of Environmental Systems Science
at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and will be co‐supervised by James Kirchner (ETH) and Greg
Goldsmith (Paul Scherrer Institute & Chapman University). As Europe’s leading technical
university, ETH Zurich has excellent infrastructure and research support. Collaborative
links with other Swiss universities and federal research institutes provide additional depth
and breadth in ecohydrology and biogeochemistry, and the Swiss landscape is an
unparalleled natural laboratory.
The initial appointment is for two years with the possibility for extension. Applicants should
supply a single PDF containing:
‐ a statement of their research interests, experience and technical background
‐ a CV and complete list of publications
‐ and contact information for three references.
Applicants may also supply up to three (but no more) examples of their best published
work, again as PDFs. Applicants who are attending AGU and are available for interviews
there should note this in their applications.
As part of the ETH’s efforts to promote women in science, qualified female researchers are
particularly encouraged to apply.
Applications should be sent to apply_PES@env.ethz.ch
Review of applications will begin 15 November 2016 and continue until the position is filled.