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Post-Doctoral Position in Environmental Analytical Chemistry Focusing on Suspect and Non-Target Screening of Micropollutants in Drinking Water

SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Uppsala, Sweden

Duties:

The LakePOPs project is financed by the Swedish Research Council Formas. The project aims to develop and apply strategies for screening of anthropogenic chemicals in Lake Mälaren to trace hazardous micropollutants and their sources, currently jeopardizing the lake as a sustainable natural resource. Lake Mälaren is Sweden’s main drinking water source serving approx. 1/3 of the population. Conventional drinking water treatment is ineffective in removing micropollutants and there is a risk of micropollutants reaching consumers. The postdoc will:

  • develop and apply screening strategies using high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS);
  • seek to identify emerging micropollutants in water and sediment; and
  • trace sources of pollution.

The successful applicant would work within a team focusing on this research topic comprising several senior scientists and two PhD students. The applicant would also be a member of a larger research group. The project involves close contacts with scientists at the Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) and the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) in Spain.

Qualifications:

As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most.

Applicants should hold a PhD in environmental analytical chemistry or equivalent. Solid expertise in mass spectrometry and good knowledge of transport and fate of micropollutants in aquatic ecosystems is required. Experience in suspect and non-target screening of environmental samples and multivariate statistical analysis are valuable merits.

Emphasis is placed on personal characteristics such as interpersonal skills, analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently.

Proficiency in English (both spoken and written) is required.

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