Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX)
Early stage researcher position: Photochemical transformations of contaminants in ice and snow, using stable isotope fractionation methods and investigating solvent kinetic isotope effects
Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX) is a research and educational facility of the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. Research activities are focused on relationship between chemical compounds in the environment and their biological effects, i.e. the study of persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substances, their sources, distribution on the global, regional and local scale, the monitoring of their levels, as well as the modelling of their fate in the environment.
Masaryk University in Brno is offering a position for three years within the European Union 7th framework 'PEOPLE' programme Initial Training Network project 'Isotope forensics meets biogeochemistry - linking sources and sinks of organic contaminants by compound specific isotope investigation' - CSI:ENVIRONMENT - for a Ph.D. student (physical chemist) (f/m) for the sub-project: "Photochemical transformations of contaminants in ice and snow, using stable isotope fractionation methods and investigating solvent kinetic isotope effects."
Photolysis of organic compounds accumulated in snow appears to have an impact on the composition of the lower atmosphere in early polar spring. Study of the chemical effects resulting from the irradiation of ice/snow field or laboratory samples with UV light is now an active research area relevant to atmospheric chemical processes taking place in high latitude environments and related ice and snow environments. This Ph.D. project will seek to explore and expand the current knowledge about the accumulation and photochemical transformations of organic compounds of anthropogenic origin in frozen water, especially in the connection to polar regions and atmospheric cloud particles. The research will be conducted principally in the laboratory. The prospective student will use standard physico-chemical tools and kinetic isotope methods to study the (photo)reaction mechanisms and will have an opportunity to use state-of-the-art techniques, such as femtosecond pump and probe as well as nanosecond laser flash spectroscopy: www.sci.muni.cz/photochemistry. We seek a highly motivated creative person with interests in photochemistry, and physical, organic and environmental chemistry. Candidates should have a master certification in the area of natural sciences, preferentially physical chemistry or physical organic chemistry.
The place of work is Brno, Czech Republic. Salary will be in accordance with Marie Curie rules of the European Commission: http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/careers_en.htm.
Please note the mobility restrictions outlined by the EC: Researchers can be of any nationality but at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.
Applications are taken until the position is filled. Please send your complete application documents including a CV, motivation letter and copy of certificates until 31.01.2011 to: Earliest start date: 1.03.2010
Masaryk University is an equal opportunity employer. Women are explicitly encouraged to apply for increase their share in science and research. Physically handicapped persons will be favoured if they are equally qualified.
Prof. Petr Klán,