The position will be associated with the project MOBILITY funded by the Swedish EPA. The overarching goal of MOBILITY is to generate knowledge that can help improve risk assessment procedures of contaminated sediment, including the release and spread of contaminants.
Current risk assessment procedures for sediment largely depend on the total sediment concentrations of the contaminants, while the mobility and bioavailability are governed by the dissolved fraction (Cfree). Passive sampling methods offer established approaches for quantifying Cfree in natural waters and sediments, yet they are not regularly used in monitoring or for risk assessment purposes.
In MOBILITY, we will evaluate the applicability of passive sampling approaches by linking Cfree to contaminant mobility, bioavailability, and toxicity in resuspension experiments covering typical sediment characteristics. The expected outcome of MOBILITY will support several steps in contaminated sediment risk assessments and specifically provide recommendations for the use of passive samplers.
The position involves research, including experimental design and experimental work, chemical analysis of organic micropollutants, interpretation of data and data management, writing, and publishing. The project is interdisciplinary and involves close collaboration with other researchers within the project as well as with stakeholders in the reference group. Therefore, the candidate should have an interest in understanding exposure and effects of chemicals from a broad perspective.
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.
In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills in a relevant area for the position. The successful postdoc candidate is expected to have a PhD in environmental chemistry or equivalent, with knowledge in chemical analysis and environmental fate of organic contaminants.