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PostDoc Area: Leaching of herbicides in coarse textured soil – soil column studies and modeling

PostDoc Area: Leaching of herbicides in coarse textured soil – soil column studies and modeling

80 – 100% / 8820 Wädenswil ZH

Good food, healthy environment
The project aims at better understanding the leaching behavior of herbicides in subsoils containing a high percentage of large stones. To this end, soil column leaching experiments will be conducted in the laboratory. The results will support the interpretation of herbicide leaching in outdoor lysimeters.


  • Performing leaching experiments with lab scale columns filled with subsoils with defined proportion of large stones both with inert tracers and selected herbicides under unsaturated conditions
  • Conducting the necessary instrumental analyses of tracers and herbicides in soil leachate
  • Modeling solute transport in the soil columns

Your profile

  • PhD in the field of hydrology, environmental or natural sciences
  • Experience with soil hydrological modelling (for example, HYDRUS-1D)
  • Practice with analytical techniques is an asset, as is experience with soil column experiments
  • Communicative personality with an independent and solution-oriented working style
  • Good knowledge of English (working language is German)

Additional information

If this position interests you and you fulfil the profile of requirements, we look forward to receiving your online application including contact information of 2-3 referees here: ( 44155).
For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Roy Kasteel, scientific assistant, Plant-Protection Chemistry, Tel. +41 (0) 58 469 60 46; (please do not send applications to this email address). Application deadline: January 11, 2021. Start: April 1, 2021 or by arrangement.

Note: Your application will not be processed between December 24, 2020 and January 03, 2021 due to annual closure of Agroscope.

About us

Agroscope is the Swiss federal centre of excellence for research in the agriculture and food sector. Its researchers carry out their work at a number of sites in Switzerland. Headquartered in Bern-Liebefeld, Agroscope is attached to the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER.

The research group Plant-Protection Chemistry, situated in Wädenswil near Zürich, carries out research related to fundamental and methodological questions regarding environmental risks arising from pesticides.

We offer a varied job in a dynamic work environment, as well as thorough training and a modern research infrastructure. Flexible working hours and good social benefits are among the perks of this position.


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