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We are inviting applications for a PhD student position based jointly in the Plant Nutrition Group (Prof. Emmanuel Frossard) and the Stable Isotope Laboratory (Prof. Stefano Bernasconi) at ETH Zurich. The research topic will be the use of stable oxygen isotopes in phosphate as novel tracers for biogeochemical P cycling in the soil and plant system. Phosphorus is an important nutrient, but it lacks multiple stable isotopes. The use of oxygen isotopes provides a promising tool to trace P sources and transformations in natural ecosystems. The PhD project will mainly perform laboratory-based experiments to characterize some of the biological processes influencing P cycling and the isotope signature of the most important P organic sources. The project will use the state-of-the-art facilities of the Plant Nutrition Group and Stable Isotope Laboratory at ETH Zurich.
 
We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with a strong interest to perform interdisciplinary research at the interface of microbiology, plant sciences and isotope geochemistry. Previous experience in these fields and/or analytical chemistry would be beneficial. Applicants should hold a MSc degree (or equivalent) in biology, environmental sciences, or a related discipline.
 
Applicants should submit letter of application, CV, statement of research interests, copy of certificates, and addresses of 2-3 potential referees by e-mail to federica.tamburini[AT]ipw.agrl.ethz.ch. For further details on the project please contact Dr. Federica Tamburini. Evaluation of applications will start 01.08.2010 and continue until the position is filled.



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ETH Zurich
Prof. Stefano Bernasconi
Geologisches Institut
NO G51.3
Sonneggstrasse 5
8092 Zuerich
Switzerland
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