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Subject: 17.06.01 Postdoctoral Researcher in Cheminformatics at Swiss Water Research Institute
Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked
aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology).
Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct 
human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.

Within the ERC Consolidator Grant Project (PROduCTS) in the Department of Environmental Chemistry 
at Eawag there is a position opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Cheminformatics.

In the frame of the PROduCTS project, we aim to develop appropriate modeling algorithms for an 
accurate, consistent and environment-specific prediction of biotransformation pathways and half-lives 
of chemical contaminants in different natural environments. The project has been going on for three 
years and involves several PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, programmers and research 

You will join the PROduCTS team to support our endeavors to develop novel, reaction-based 
quantitative structure-biodegradation relationship models. For this, you will profit from the enviPath 
infrastructure ( and the Eawag-Soil database, a unique database of pesticide 
biodegradation in soil. You will carry out this research in close collaboration with the research group of 
Prof. S. Kramer at the Institute of Computer Sciences at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

Requirements: You are expected to hold a PhD in cheminformatics and/or data mining. Experience 
with mining of reaction data or QSBR modeling is an asset. You are expected to have excellent 
academic records, a keen interest in scientific research, and a very good command of English. You 
demonstrate self-initiative and are happy to supervise student data curators as part of your tasks.

Benefits: The environmental chemistry department at Eawag and the research group of Kathrin 
Fenner are internationally recognized leaders in the field of chemical fate analysis and will provide 
you with a highly stimulating, interdisciplinary research environment. The Fenner research group 
maintains strong interactions with various groups at the Department of Environmental Systems 
Sciences at ETH Zurich and the Chemistry Department of the University of Zurich, which are all 
located in close vicinity within the Zurich metropolitan area. The city of Zurich is continuously 
ranked among the top cities in the world for quality of life and is within close proximity to the Swiss 

Eawag offers a unique research and working environment and is committed to promoting equal 
opportunities for women and men and to support the compatibility of family and work. Applications 
from women are especially welcome. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions 
please consult and

For further information about the position please contact Prof. Dr Kathrin Fenner, 
Email kathrin.fenner *, Phone +41 (0)58 765 5085. The deadline for applications is 31 July 
2017, or until the position is filled. The position is funded for a 1.5-year period with an attractive 
remuneration package. The preferred start date is autumn 2017. We look forward to receiving your 

Please submit your application (a concise statement describing your motivation to work on this 
research project, curriculum vitae, copies of your academic qualifications and two names of 
references) via the Eawag Jobs & Career webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered.
The link below will take you directly to the application form.

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