PhD Fellowship (Three Years) at the University of Strasbourg, France

Interdisciplinary work on contaminant hydrogeology and biogeochemistry

We are looking for a creative, qualified and motivated PhD-level young scientist, in the context of an ongoing project at the interface between fundamental and applied sciences, associating CNRS teams from Laboratory of Hydrology and Geochemistry (LHyGeS) at University of Strasbourg.      
The project involves (i) the acquisition of microbial, biogeochemical, and stable isotope data from lab-scale aquifers experimentally contaminated with contaminants; (ii) the interpretation of contaminant transformation with respect to hydrogeological and biogeochemical processes; and (iii) the development and validation of a reactive transport model. The successful candidate will help develop conceptual approaches and new integrative experimental tools to monitor and understand transport and transformation processes of key-contaminants in aquifer ecosystems. Work to be performed by the PhD fellow at University of Strasbourg will include:      
- Experimental lab work on aquifer microcosms, sampling approaches and hydrogeological and     
chemical analyses      
- Application of methods for stable isotope analysis of contaminants in aquifers       
- Development of a conceptual modelling approach integrating stable isotope fractionation and     
microbial dynamics      
- Working collaboratively  within a multidisciplinary team and with external partners      
- Preparing peer-reviewed scientific publications and presentations for scientific conferences.      
Applications will require:      
- A Master degree in biogeosciences and/or hydrogeology/hydrology within the last 5 years      
- A corresponding publication record in peer-reviewed journals      
- Experience analytical chemistry and/or experience in numerical modelling will be an asset     
- Good command of the English language (written and oral)      
- Communication skills and an ability to work in an interdisciplinary team with scientists, engineers, and technicians      
- A working knowledge of hydrogeological modelling, biogeochemical processes in aquifers and/or pollutant transformation will be additional assets.      
The position is for 3 years. We offer salary and social benefits according to French public sector
regulations. Please send your application by email as a single pdf file, including letter of motivation, CV, copies of certificates, and the names and contact information of 2 potential referees, to Gwenaël Imfeld ( and Sylvain Weill (    



Additional information:      
The Laboratory of Hydrology and Geochemistry (LHyGeS, UMR 7517 CNRS; focuses on flow and transport in continental hydrological systems. Research activities associate biogeochemistry with hydrology to understand processes at different scales and to develop transport models. LHyGeS conducts lab- and field-scale experiments to study transport of water and contaminants in catchments, soils, and aquifers.      
Research at University of Strasbourg covers all areas of science, and encourages interdisciplinary and international collaborations. Located at the heart of Europe in a tri-national region of dynamic economic activity, Strasbourg is a pioneer city in terms of environmental awareness in France, and a very pleasant place to live in.   

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Location: Strasbourg, France