Postdoc in environmental chemistry 1013724

Postdoc in environmental chemistry 1013724

Aarhus University

4000 Roskilde, Denmark

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 January 1st 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a time limited 2 year position.

Qualifications requirements
The position will be co-funded by projects on biocides from the Danish EPA and the BONUS project Cleanwater on water cleaning technologies.

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 maticees, especially water. Experiences in:
  • i) quantifying organic micro-pollutants (e.g. biocides or flame retardants) in technical systems as well as in the environment including method development for HPLC-MS/MS and GC-MS.
  • ii) studies on processes in technical and environmental systems (wastewater, stormwater, drinking water, building infrastructure or marine ecosystems).
  • iii) transformation reactions of the above mentioned compounds such as microbial degradation and/or chemical oxidation.
  • iv) identifying transformation products.
  • v) publishing the respective results.
  • vi) project proposals and reporting.
are seen favourably.

The candidate is also expected to contribute to co-ordinating larger projects thus experience in this field would also be a plus. Further, the candidate is expected to participate in consultancy/advisory projects in the department.

The Group
Is headed by Kai Bester and currently consists of 7 PhD students, 2 postdocs and three HPLC-MS/MS instruments as well as a multitude of pilot reactors are operated.

The Department of Environmental Science
The Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Science & 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 150 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. Further information may be found at

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.

Work location
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 ( is located close to Copenhagen. The area provides immediate access to a wealth of cultural and recreational pursuits.

International candidates may find information concerning living and working in Denmark at AU International Center offers a full range of services to make your transition to Denmark as smooth as possible (, and the department will assist foreign candidates with finding a suitable place to live.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here:

Further information
English is spoken on a daily basis at the department.
For particular enquiries contact: Kai Bester (Professor in Environmental Chemistry) or +45 87158552

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
Science and Technology 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

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 Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.

All applications must be made online and received by: 29.11.2018

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

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