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Department of Environmental Science - Environmental chemistry & toxicology - Faculty: Technical Sciences

Postdoc in environmental chemistry

Deadline 12 Jul 23:59 CEST

Expected start 1 Oct

  • Department of Environmental Science - Environmental chemistry & toxicology Frederiksborgvej 399 4000 Roskilde

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Oct 2022 - 30 Sep 2025 ID: 9365

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The Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark invites applications for a position in environmental chemistry as a Postdoc. The position is to be filled by 1 October 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a time limited 3 years position.
 

Qualifications requirements

The position will be co-funded by the H2020 (EU) project Upwater on analysis of micropollutants and groundwater remediation and by projects on biocides from the Danish EPA.
The candidate will hold a masters and PhD in environmental chemistry or similar and will have a strong background in quantifying organic compounds in environmental matrices, especially water.
The successful candidate will analyse micropollutants (pesticides, biocides, flame retardant, pharmaceuticals and their metabolites) from ground-, surface- and stormwater by means of HPLC-MS/MS, HPLC-HRMS and GC-MS. The successful candidate will also develop and test means for removal, especially biofilm and biofilter approaches. The candidate is also expected to contribute to co-ordinating the projects and contribute to the reporting and publishing. 
 

The Group

Is headed by Kai Bester and currently consists of 3 PhD students, 2 postdocs and three HPLC-MS/MS instruments (two triple quadrupoles and one Q-TOF) as well as a multitude of pilot reactors are operated.
 

Expected start date and duration of employment

This is a 3–year position from 1 October 2022 or as soon possible.
 

Job description

The successful candidate will analyse micropollutants (pesticides, biocides, flame retardant, pharmaceuticals and their metabolites) from ground-, surface- and stormwater by means of HPLC-MS/MS, HPLC-HRMS and GC-MS. The successful candidate will also develop and test means for removal, especially biofilm and biofilter approaches. The candidate is also expected to contribute to co-ordinating the projects and contribute to the reporting and publishing. 
 

Your profile

The candidate will hold a masters and PhD in environmental chemistry or similar and will have a strong background in quantifying organic compounds in environmental matrices, especially water.
Experiences in are seen favorably:
  1. quantifying organic micro-pollutants (e.g. pesticides, biocides, flame retardants as well as their metabolites) in technical systems as well as in the environment including method development for HPLC-MS/MS, HPLC-HRMS and GC-MS.
  2. studies on processes in technical and environmental systems (ground- surface and stormwater).
  3. transformation reactions of the above mentioned compounds such as microbial degradation and/or chemical oxidation.
  4. building, operating and optimizing biofilm reactors for removing micropollutants
  5. identifying transformation products.
  6. publishing the respective results.
  7. project proposals and reporting.
 

Who we are

The Department of Environmental Science
The Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Technology at Aarhus University. The expertise ranges from physics, chemistry, microbiology and mathematical modelling to social science, geography, economics and policy analysis. Both basic and applied research is conducted on some of the major challenges facing society, such as pollution and pollution control mechanisms, management of land, soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem services, climate change, and energy systems. Advisory services within these areas are offered to ministries and other stakeholders. Currently, about 120 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. Further information may be found at http://www.envs.au.dk.

Description of the section
The selected candidate will be affiliated with the Section for Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology. The section conducts research and research-based advisory services targeted towards an understanding of the transport and fate of organic pollutants in the environment, and towards an understanding of the links
between environmental chemistry, toxicology and human exposure. In addition, tools are being developed to both identify and quantify impacts, which can act as indicators of emerging problems. The aim is to provide the highest capability in Denmark for assessing risks associated with the distribution and fate of organic pollutants in the environment. Expertise within the section includes:
  • Environmental chemical risk assessments of mixtures and contaminants of emerging concern
  • State-of-the-art analytical methods for the measurement of trace-levels of organic pollutants in various matrices, including biota (including human), sediment, soil, air, consumer products, food and water
  • Environmental toxicology, exposure and effects
  • Forensic oil spill analysis
  • Chemical and biological transformation processes
It is expected that the candidate will interact with and conduct projects on biocidal products, urban water cycles and water cleaning to support the ongoing projects and contribute the development of the strategic fields of Aarhus University concerning water and contaminants. The candidate is expected to acquire projects or contribute to acquiring projects.

Center for Advanced Water Purification. The position will be located in the Center for Advanced Water Purification: https://projects.au.dk/waterpurification
 

Place of work and area of employment

The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Science and Technology, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark. The city of Roskilde (www.roskilde.dk) is located close to Copenhagen. The area provides immediate access to a wealth of cultural and recreational pursuits.

Contact information

For further information, please contact:  Kai Bester (Professor in Environmental Chemistry), e-mail: kb@envs.au.dk or +45 87158552.
 

Deadline

Applications must be received no later than 12 July 2022.

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.
 

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.
 

Formalities and salary range

Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

 

Questions about the position?

Kai Bester

Kai Bester Professor, Department of Environmental Science - Environmental chemistry & toxicology +4593508089 kb@envs.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - HR Department +4593522614 nat-tech.HR.team2@au.dk

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Deadline: Tuesday 12 Jul 2022 at 23:59 CEST