Postdoc in Environmental Chemistry

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Amar Annamalai
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Postdoc in Environmental Chemistry

The Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark, invites applications for an 18-month post-doctorial position as part of a project on the environmental fate, transport and transformation of biocides. The position is to be filled by 1. April 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter, subject to negotiation.
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 120 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. Further information may be found at
The selected candidate will be affiliated with the Section for Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology.
Description of the position

The position is financed from three projects on emissions, fate and effects of biocides – the selected candidate is expected to work these projects thus the work will focus on:

  • analyses of mobility and photo-degradation processes of biocides in render material
  • transformation processes of biocides in storm water influenced ecosystems and in urban soil ecosystems.

Qualification requirements

The successful candidate should hold a MSc and a PhD in either Environmental or Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or Material Science. If the PhD-degree is not fully completed, a statement from the supervisors on the eligibility of the candidate should be provided. Considering the focus of the project, working experience within one or more of the following areas will be of advantage:

  • HPLC-MS/MS as quantification method for environmental samples incl. operation and maintenance of the instrument
  • Analysis of biocides from water and solid matrices
  • Sorption and mobility of biocides in solid materials
  • Demonstrated capability to write reports and scientific papers

The qualifications must be documented by published contributions in international high-quality research outlets. The qualifications of the applicants will be assessed by an expert panel according to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Executive Order no. 284 of 25 April 2008.
Work location

The place of work will be at Aarhus University in Roskilde, Denmark. The city of Roskilde ( is located close to Copenhagen. The area provides immediate access to a wealth of cultural and recreational pursuits. Within about 5 years, the department is expected to move to Copenhagen.
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.
Terms of employment

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 here and in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation here.
The salary will depend on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.
The position is fixed to 18 months with the possibility of a short extension.
English is spoken on a daily basis at the department. However, to be able to participate in administrative/social activities, it will be in the interest of an international candidate to be able to communicate in Danish. Foreign candidates are, therefore, expected to learn Danish. Danish courses will be provided (also for the spouse).
Filing of the application

The application must be in written in English. Guidelines for filing the application may be found here. The application should contain a short letter of intent and a 2-3 page description of research expertise.
Further information may be obtained by contacting the head of center for advanced water purification Kai Bester (; +45 87158552) or Head of Section Pia Lassen (; +45 87158581).
All applications must be made online and received by: 16.02.2015
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