The overarching goal of MOBILITY is to improve risk assessment procedures for contaminated sediments, which currently largely depend on total sediment concentrations of the contaminants, while the mobility and bioavailability of contaminants are governed by the dissolved fraction in the sediment porewater. Passive sampling methods offer approaches for quantifying porewater concentrations, but are not regularly used for risk assessment purposes. In MOBILITY, we will investigate how sediment porewater concentrations of contaminants are linked with the contaminants’ mobility, bioavailability, and toxicity. This will be studied in resuspension experiments covering typical sediment characteristics and environmental conditions, focusing on hydrophobic organic contaminants (PAHs and PCBs) and mercury.
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.
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.
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 sciences, environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry or equivalent, with knowledge in chemical analysis and environmental fate of organic contaminants and/or mercury.