Aarhus University (AU)

Research assistant at Aarhus University, Department of Environmental Science, Section for Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology

Aarhus University (AU)

Roskilde, Denmark

Based on a project of the Environmental Protection Agency of Denmark on emissions of quaternary ammonium compounds (quats) AU-Environmental Science is searching for a research assistant for 2 years. The position is vacant from October 1, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The respective candidate is expected to update analytical methods and validate those perform chromatographic and isotopic pattern recognition to discriminate products, identify transformation products, quantify quats in stormwater, wastewater and surface water as well as in sewage sludge. Finally, the candidate is expected to publish the results and to report to the environmental protection agency.

The candidate must have a master in natural or technical science and combine analytical chemistry with environmental chemistry knowledge. Ideally, the candidate should have experience in quantifying biocides as well as identifying transformation products. A precondition for this is massive experience in environmental analytical chemistry, especially HPLC-MS/MS, if possible with high resolution. Experiences in extraction procedures from water and sediment/sludge would be advantageous, as well as calculating reaction kinetics and a good control on sorption, diffusion and leaching processes. Also of advantage would be experiences in developing software (R scripts) for peak and pattern recognition. International experience as well as working in a multinational environment and knowledge on regulations on biocides would be a plus. As samples from surface waters need to be taken, a drivers license would be important.

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 please contact Professor Kai Bester (kb@envs.au.dk, phone.: +4587158552)

Application procedure
Short-listing is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks 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 will receive his/her assessment. 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.

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Formalities and salary range
Natural 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.

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/

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