Aarhus University (AU)

Postdoctoral researcher in environmental analytical chemistry, with a focus on non-target and suspect screening

Aarhus University (AU)

Roskilde, Denmark

A postdoctoral position (1 year) is open at Aarhus University, Department of Environmental Science, Section for Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology (www.envs.au.dk).

The position is in the field of environmental analytical chemistry. Most of the work will be in projects granted in the field of non-target screening and suspect screening, primarily based on Orbitrap high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) technology. The projects use both gas chromatography (GC) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) hyphenated with Orbitrap HRMS and will screen a variety of environmental samples, with a focus on air, biota and serum samples from the Arctic.

Tasks and responsibilities
The postdoctoral researcher will be part of an established team that studies chemical pollution in the Arctic and elsewhere and contaminant exposures of humans and wildlife. The team examines a range of problematic chemicals, mainly persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and emerging contaminants, using a number of instrumental techniques (GC-MS, GC-MS/MS, HPLC-MS/MS, GC-Orbitrap-HRMS, HPLC-Orbitrap-HRMS). The laboratory is accredited and has a strong focus on QA/QC.

The primary responsibility of the postdoctoral researcher will be to work in a project applying suspect screening to air, biota and serum samples from the Arctic. This includes the sample preparation in the laboratory, the instrumental analysis and the post-analysis data treatment. Links to method development in specialised and optimised target analyses will also be likely within this project. The successful candidate will also contribute to related projects, focussing on non-target screening or suspect screening of other samples from the indoor and the marine environment.

The candidate will be expected to follow developments in the rapidly growing field of non-target and suspect screening and to contribute to extending the group’s activities in this field. This includes, but is not limited to, improvements of analytical methods in the laboratory and on the instrument, conceptual and practical developments of QA/QC standards, participation in interlaboratory tests, establishment and maintenance of relevant databases, contacts with new partners and development of new research ideas.

The successful candidate is expected to actively pursue the publication of results in the scientific literature and their presentations at relevant conferences. As part of a team, the postdoctoral researcher will collaborate closely with other members of the team and contribute to the overall progress in the team’s research. He/She may be involved in the supervision of students or guest researchers and in the presentation of the project and its results to Danish authorities and interested groups.

The candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in (analytical or environmental) chemistry or a closely related discipline. It will be an advantage, if he/she

  • has worked with Orbitrap HRMS or other HRMS techniques,
  • is familiar with complex data analysis,
  • has experience with laboratory work,
  • has knowledge of environmental contaminants such as POPs.

Furthermore, the candidate should
  • be well-organised in his/her work and able to handle complex tasks,
  • balance a focus on details with the time and budget frame of a project,
  • be able to work independently, while taking into account the situation in a team,
  • be result- and product-oriented and able to think one step ahead of the task at hand,
  • have excellent communication skills in English.

Department of Environmental Science
The Department of Environmental Science has about 150 employees working in basic and problem-oriented research within environmental science, including chemical and physical processes and interactions between environment and society. The department carries out research-based consultancy for the public sector and provides research-based advice. The academic expertise ranges from atmospheric chemistry and physics, via environmental chemistry, microbiology and biotechnology to environmental economics, environmental geography, political science and sociology.

The institute is located at Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark.

Further information
For further information contact senior scientist Katrin Vorkamp (kvo@envs.au.dk; Phone: +45-87158483).

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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

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.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. 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.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

17 April 2020

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