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Postdoctoral Researcher in Microbial Biogeochemistry of Soils

Postdoctoral Researcher in Microbial Biogeochemistry of Soils


University of Lausanne

UNIL is a leading international teaching and research institution, with over 5,000 employees and 17,000 students, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva. As an employer, UNIL encourages excellence, individual recognition and responsibility. The Soil Biogeochemistry group within the Faculty of Geoscience and the Environment offers a vibrant work place in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment. The resources available in the Faculty as well as UNIL more broadly offer extensive opportunities for technical and professional training, international collaboration, personal growth.

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Lausanne, Switzerland


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)

Full time

Entry level

80000 - 105000 € / Year,

Required education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

16 October 2022

Job description

The Soil Biogeochemistry Group (Prof. Dr. Marco Keiluweit) at the University of Lausanne is looking for one Postdoctoral Researcher in Microbial Biogeochemistry.

Your responsibilities:

The candidates will join a strong and growing Soil Biogeochemistry Group studying the interactions of microbes, minerals, and organic matter in the face of climate change. The successful candidate will perform research under a newly-funded Swiss National Science Foundation grant investigating the dynamics of microbe-mineral-organic matter interactions in the rhizosphere, and their vulnerability to climatic drivers. Specifically, this project will address how microbially-mediated mineral transformations impact the fate of carbon and nitrogen in soils. This work will include laboratory-, growth chamber- and field-based experiments. The candidate will employ cutting-edge chemical and biological analyses, including novel microscopic techniques, -omics tools, and microsensors. The project involves close collaborations with other group members as well as a suite of international researchers across Europe and the US. The candidate is expected to assist in mentoring MSc and PhD students and contribute to the groups teaching in soil biogeochemistry. We encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply.

Your qualifications:

To expand our Soil Biogeochemistry group, we are looking for someone with the following background:

- Successfull candidates will have an excellent PhD in biogeosciences, geochemistry, plant and soil sciences, microbiology, or related field.
- Knowledge of biogeochemical processes within soils is a requirement.
- Training in lab experimentation with plants, microbes, and/or soil; basic geochemical/spectroscopic measurements; and associated data analysis skills are required.
- Experience working with bioinformatics and/or imaging tools is a significant advantage.
- Commitment to conducting research on soil biogeochemical processes regulating organic matter dynamics.
- Excellent skills in written and oral English are required. Working knowledge of French is preferable but not necessary.
- Well-honed interpersonal skills and an ability to work well in a multicultural team and department.

Additional Information:

Starting date : January 1st 2023 or TBD
Position duration : 2 years initially, renewable up to 5 years
Level of activity : 100%
Work location : University of Lausanne, Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics (IDYST), Lausanne Mouline (Géopolis)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Marco Keiluweit

How to apply

Application documents:

Motivation letter, Curriculum Vitae, copy of university degrees certificates and transcripts of marks/grades awarded, an electronic version of a research output (e.g., scientific articles, theses, research reports, proceedings paper), and the contact information for two academic references. Only applications made through this website will be taken into account.

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Contact for further information:

Questions regarding the application can be addressed by email to Prof. Dr. Marco Keiluweit ( But you MUST only apply online.