Open Positions within the Section

The following positions are open within the Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences.


Two PhD positions in environmental chemistry and nanoecotoxicology

Funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is available for two PhD students to begin in the spring of 2022 for a project on deciphering the role of freshwater phytoplankton on the fate and transformation of silver nanoparticles in freshwater environment.

Closing date for applications: December 15, 2021 or until the position is filled.

Apply  (link to the attached file)


Two PhD positions in volcanology

Funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation is available for two PhD students to begin in the spring or fall 2022 for a project targeted at the physical and numerical characterization of key size-selective tephra-sedimentation processes (namely particle aggregation and settling-driven gravitational instabilities at the base of volcanic plumes and clouds) and of their relation to plume dynamics.



Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Geochronology and Geochemistry

The Faculty of Science of the University of Geneva invites applications for a professorship in geochronology and geochemistry, to be based in the Department of Earth Sciences.

The Department of Earth Sciences and its partners at the University of Lausanne provide a full range of outstanding analytical facilities, which allow state-of-the-art research ( These existing infrastructures and the available expertise will provide a solid base to start constructing a new geochemistry group.


Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Limnogeology and Global Changes

The Faculty of Science of the University of Geneva invites applications for a professorship in Limnogeology and Global Changes, to be based in the Department of Earth Sciences.
We are looking for a candidate who will focus on lacustrine and marine sedimentary records to develop a creative and original research program on paleoenvironmental changes resulting from climate and human forcing on the Earth system. Possible domains of expertise include, but are not limited to: sedimentology, geophysical/geochemical field data acquisition, quantitative analysis of paleoclimate data, chemical/organic proxy methods, records of past climates and (deep)biosphere changes. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in geology, and participation in international programs such as ICDP/IODP would be an advantage.

Link to the full call and indications on how to apply: 


Apply with SNSF Eccellenza or Ambizione grants to join our Department of Earth Sciences as junior professor or post-doc !


Postdoctoral researcher in seismology for a period of two years, starting in July 2021.
The Group of Crustal Deformation and Fluid Flow at the University of Geneva  ( seeking a postdoctoral researcher in seismology for a period of two yearsstarting in July 2021. The candidate, supported by industry and department fundings, will work on ambient-noise seismic methods for the exploration and understanding of geothermal and volcanic systems. He/she will be involved in the acquisition and processing of seismic data from dense nodal networks for subsurface imaging. The project will require occasional fieldwork and participation in the activities of the team. In particular, the candidate will develop ambient-noise tomographies with surface waves and participate to methodological developments regarding the extraction of body-waves from noise. A good understanding of geological systems to gather site-specific geological/geophysical prior information is an advantage. The researcher will have the opportunity to teach in the framework of the MSc and BSc programs of the Department of Earth Sciences (
and will be encouraged to attend national and international conferences and publish in high-impact journals. This project will benefit of a close collaboration with Geo2x, a geophysical service company based in Switzerland ( The selection of the candidate will start on the 1st of April 2021 and will continue until a suitable profile is found.
The required skills for this position are:
- PhD in seismology/geophysics.

- Expertise in seismic data processing and tomography. - Advanced programming skills.

- Fluency in English.
The following skills are desired:
- Experience in the geothermal sector or in the study of volcanic systems. - Experience in field-work

- Fluency in German and/or French
Applications should include:
• cover letter explaining the reasons for applying and a research statement describing the main research interests and vision (max. 3 pages).
• Full Curriculum Vitae, including previous employment and university training, the date and title of the doctoral thesis (including proof of awarded title), publications, conference presentations/invited lectures, classes taught, and any student research supervised if applicable.
• PDFs of the most significant publications (max 3).
• Names and contact information of up to five referees.
Additional info:
Geneva is an international city, surrounded by a spectacular natural setting, located at the core of Europe. The University of Geneva is an equal opportunity educator and employer committed to excellence through diversity. For more information, please contact Matteo Lupi (matteo.lupi(at) and Thomas Planes (thomas.planes(at) To apply please send the following documents to Matteo.Lupi(at)