Postdoc Position - Carbon Removal in Wetland Restoration

Postdoc Position - Carbon Removal in Wetland Restoration

EPFL - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

Sion, Switzerland


The Catchment Hydrology and Geomorphology Lab (CHANGE) and the Soil Biogeochemistry Lab (SOIL) at EPFL in Sion are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of wetland ecohydrology and biogeochemistry.

Wetlands play a key role in the global carbon cycle by storing 30% of the world’s soil carbon on only 3% of the total land surface area. However, many wetlands are currently degraded, often by draining to be converted to agricultural land. These degraded wetlands have not only lost their ecosystem functions, but are also significant sources of carbon dioxide and methane to the atmosphere. The restoration of degraded wetlands and their capacity to sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide by peat formation is key in the context of climate change. As a postdoc working jointly at SOIL and CHANGE, you’ll contribute to modeling and monitoring carbon sequestration capacity in Swiss wetland ecosystems.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Perform original research in the area of wetland ecohydrology and biogeochemistry;
  • Develop, validate, and apply an integrated model of soil, hydrology, and vegetation dynamics in wetland ecosystems;
  • Implement and maintain a monitoring system for key wetland parameters;
  • Perform point sampling and physicochemical analysis of wetland soils;
  • Quantify climate-relevant carbon fluxes at selected wetland sites in Switzerland;
  • Lead and contribute to publications for high-impact journals;
  • Contribute to broad Lab activities (including co-supervision of MSc students).


  • You have (or are close to completing) a PhD in Environmental Sciences or Engineering;
  • You have research experience in wetland ecohydrology/biogeochemistry;
  • You have strong computational and analytical skills, and familiarity with ecohydrological models;
  • You have some experience in in-situ ecosystem monitoring;
  • Experimental skills and experience in analyzing common soil physicochemical parameters are an asset;
  • You have a strong publication record (relative to your career stage) in internationally leading journals;
  • You are independent, creative, and solution-oriented;
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

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