ENAC – PhD student to investigate the fate of viruses during atmospheric transport

Your mission

Aerosolized viruses (AVs) are continuously introduced into the atmosphere, where they can remain airborne for extended periods of time and be transported over long distances. AVs have the potential to induce significant and large-scale effects on ecosystems and public health. For example, AVs are believed to be involved in spreading diseases of pandemic potential, and modulate global biogeochemical cycles and nutrient fluxes. Yet, these effects remain highly uncertain, primarily because it is unknown to what extent viruses can maintain their infectivity during atmospheric transport.

Main duties and responsibilities include

The objective of this project is to understand of the fate of aerosolized viruses, and to estimate their inactivation during atmospheric transport. We will collaborate with aerosol scientists to establish the link between atmospheric conditions, aerosol chemistry and structure, and virus infectivity, and to model the distribution of viruses across the globe.

Your profile

You are a highly motivated candidate with a Master’s degree in environmental sciences or engineering, biology, chemistry or a related field. For this project, we will use a combination of different tools from microbiology, chemistry and aerosol science. The group language is English, therefore a good command of both spoken and written English is essential.

We offer

We offer a competitive salary, a stimulating international research environment, good research infrastructures and resources, and the opportunity to live and work along the shores of beautiful Lake Leman.

Start date: Fall 2019
Work rate: 100%
Duration: One year (renewable)

For further information about this lab and project, consult lce.epfl.ch or contact Prof. Tamar Kohn. For additional information about obtaining a PhD at EPFL, please consult https://www.epfl.ch/education/phd/.

To apply, please send the following documents as a single pdf file (2 MB maximum) to [email protected]:

  • a letter of motivation
  • your CV
  • the name and contact information of at least two references
  • 1-2 page summary of your Master thesis
  • A transcript of the grades of your Master degree

PhD applicants must be accepted by the EPFL Doctoral School in order to pursue a PhD. For more information, please see https://www.epfl.ch/education/phd/programs/edce-civil-and-environmental-engineering-2/.