16 PhD postions in Hyporheic Zone Processes

HypoTRAIN – Hyporheic Zone Processes – A training network for enhancing the understanding of complex physical, chemical and biological process interactions

Project Duration: 1/2014 – 12/2017

Hyporheic zones are key compartments for the functioning of aquatic ecosystems. As dynamic and complex transition regions between rivers and aquifers, they are characterized by the simultaneous occurrence of multiple physical, biological and chemical processes. Turnover and degradation of nutrients and pollutants are among the prominent ecological services the hyporheic zone provides. We are facing a significant knowledge gap in the understanding of how hyporheic processes are linked and how they impact on each other. This can be attributed to a lack of truly supra-disciplinary research and harmonized and innovative investigation methods.

The concept of HypoTRAIN has been tailored to fill this gap. Collaborative research with state-of-the-art technologies from multiple disciplines (hydrology, ecology, microbiology, engineering, environmental physics, contaminant science, modelling) will generate new mechanistic insights into the functioning of hyporheic zones. A group of PhD students will be educated using the multi-faceted nature of hyporheic zones as the central theme of the training programme. The supra-disciplinary expertise within the network and the high-level training programme will generate scientific knowledge that will set the ground for a more holistic design of river management plans and restoration measures. Research excellence as well as scientific and technological innovation is ensured as all partners have world-leading reputations and work at the forefront of their respective discipline areas.

Participating in HypoTRAIN will make PhD students highly attractive for employers and open up doors for their successful careers in research, regulation, consulting, and industry. They will be experts for the better assessment of the ecological and chemical status of surface waters and for providing successful river restoration and management strategies. The strong involvement of the non-academic sector will provide the PhD students with a holistic perspective on career opportunities.

We are looking to recruit 16 PhD students (Early Stage Researchers) to join the project in May or June 2015 (for 3 years; in some countries longer durations):

  • In situ-analysis of hyporheic transformation of organic micropollutants (Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Catchment-wide impact of reactive hotspot and hot moments (The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom)
  • Role of rhizosphere created by hydrophytes in terms of bioremediation (Naturalea, Bacelona, Spain)
  • Biogeochemical processing along hyporheic flow paths (IGB – Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany)
  • Coupled reactive transport modelling of hyporheic zone processes (IGB – Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany)
  • Multi-scale surface water-groundwater interaction on catchment scale (KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Sorption of micropollutants to hyporheic biomass (IWW – Water Center, Mühlheim, Germany)
  • Microbial catalysts associated with organic micropollutant degradation (University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany)
  • Links between productivity, flow paths and hotspots/moments (Roehampton University, London, United Kingdom)
  • Benchmarking as a tool to improve the assessment of chemical persistence (Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Linking flow, biogeochemical cycling and micropollutant (IGB – Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany)
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of physical restoration under varying hyporheic conditions for habitat and ecological improvements (Cranfield University, Cranfield, The United Kingdom)
  • Structure-function coupling of microbial biofilms in the hyporheic zone (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Station 1, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Tracing biotransformation of micropollutants in the hyporheic zone using passive sampling and high resolution mass spectrometry (EAWAG – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Dübendorf, Switzerland)
  • Adaptive field instrumentation and monitoring strategies: from the reach of a river to the catchment scale (EAWAG – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Dübendorf, Switzerland)
  • Real time measurements of dissolved gas concentrations to quantity oxygen turnover in the hyporheic zone (EAWAG – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Dübendorf, Switzerland)

Please see also: http://www.igb-berlin.de/stellenangebote-details/items/476.html

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