The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is part of the ETH Domain. It employs approximately 500 people working on the sustainable use and protection of the landscapes and habitats and a respon-sible approach to handling natural hazards. The Research Unit Forest Soils and Biogeochemistry studies the impact of environmental changes on biogeochemi- cal cycles and, within a project cluster on “river corridor management (RECORD Catchment”), is looking for a

PhD Student Nitrous oxide emissions from soils

You will investigate the effects of soil aggregation, plant-soil interactions and organic matter accumulation on the potential of soils to emit the greenhouse gas N2O. To this end, you carry out microcosm experiments with soils and plant/soil systems under controlled conditions in the greenhouse or climate chambers. An important part will be the development and application of novel isotopic methods to identify and quantify sources and rates of N2O production processes. You will closely collaborate with research groups at the universities of Basel and Zurich.

You have a M.Sc. degree in environmental sciences with a focus on (soil) bio- geochemistry, or in analytical chemistry with a keen interest in soil sciences. The willingness to handle complex laboratory systems and to experiment with new methods is essential. Working in three different research groups will re- quire flexibility and good social skills. Finally you have good writing skills in English. 

Please submit your complete application online at under “job oppor-
tunities or send it using reference number 796 to Mrs. Sabine Hirt, Human Re-
sources WSL. The successful candidate will mostly work at the WSL, but will be enrolled in the Geoscience PhD Program of the University of Basel. Jörg Luster, phone +41 (0)44 739 22 95, or Moritz Lehmann (see address below) are happy to provide fur-
ther information.
Prof. Dr. Moritz Lehmann
Aquatic and Isotope Biogeochemistry
University of Basel
Bernoullistrasse 30
CH-4056 Basel
Telephone +41-61-2673616