Research Assistant

  • Eawag
  • Dübendorf, ZH, Switzerland
  • 19/02/2021
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Big Data Data Management Statistics

Job Description

Topic Water Hub at NEST is an innovative research center on decentralized resource recovery from a building-scale water cycle within NEST (Next Evolution in Sustainable Building Technology), a modular research building of Empa and Eawag. Within NEST, wastewater streams are separated at the source, with separate streams for light and heavy greywater, urine, and blackwater. The streams are collected and processed to maximize resource recovery. Treatment must maximize resource recovery while minimizing risks to human and environmental health from resource reuse. Within this scope, we are looking for a Research Assistant (for 2 years, 80-100%) to lead projects on the recovery, treatment and reuse of greywater within NEST.

The candidate will be tasked with regular monitoring, maintenance, and/or construction of grey-water treatment and distribution systems, including routine measurements of physical, chemical, and microbial water quality. Examples of microbial water quality include culture- and molecular-based detection of opportunistic (Legionella spp., Pseudomonas spp.,) and enteric (pathogenic E. coli) pathogens. The candidate will support and contribute to multiple ongoing research projects investigating greywater quality; quantity water treatment efficacy; maintain an overview of ongoing and planned projects; support data collection, management and analysis; contribute to and/or lead re-porting through written and/or oral presentations.

We are looking for applicants holding an M.Sc. degree in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Biology, Ecology, or related fields and with a strong interest in water reuse, water quality and microbiology. Knowledge and interest in molecular analysis, including metagenomics, would be beneficial. Interest in further pursuing the field (for example, through a Ph.D. position) is beneficial, as the position will include contributions to long-term funding proposals. The working languages are English and German.

The position is a 2-year, 80-100% position at Eawag on the Dübendorf campus. Time will be split between the Water Hub at NEST and the Environmental Microbiology laboratories. The preferred starting date is 1 May 2021, though this is flexible based on the availability of the candidate.

Eawag offers a unique research and working environment and is committed to promoting equal opportunities for women and men and to support the compatibility of family and work. Applications from women are especially welcome. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult and

Applications must be submitted by 1 April 2021 and should include an application letter describing your interests and their relevance to this position, a CV, the names and contact information for three references.

For further information, please contact Dr Timothy R. Julian

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