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Postdoc position within microplastic in complex environmental samples 930150

Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University invites applications for a 2 year post doc position within the topic: “Microplastic in complex environmental samples - advanced methods for quantification and characterization of particle composition”. The position is available from as soon as possible.

The candidate’s research should focus on development, test and application of methods for sampling, processing, characterization and quantification of anthropogenic pollutant micro particles to increase our understanding of occurrence, fate processes and impact of plastic debris in aquatic environments with focus on Denmark and Greenland. The candidate will have access to a newly acquired FTIR spectrometer and will collaborate with other ongoing activities within the area.

The project will result in an optimized approach to sample analysis and data evaluation based on FTIR spectroscopy. This includes the development of a measurement procedure that can be used in connection with various sampling approaches, in particular to investigate different aquatic compartments, such as (sub-)surface, beach, sediment and biota.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in environmental sciences or engineering, marine ecology or a closely related field. Documented experience with spectroscopic identification of polymer materials as well as chemometric data analyses, preferably using MAT-lab is a clear advantage.

Department of Bioscience is organized in 18 different sections working within the areas of freshwater, marine and terrestrial science, wild life ecology, biodiversity, physiology and ecotoxicology. The postdoc position is situated in the Section for Marine Diversity and Experimental Ecology that has a main focus on marine nutrients, diversity and habitats as well as ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry. The section is widely involved in monitoring and advisory work for the Ministry of Environment and Food.

The activities take place at a national and international level with main activities in Denmark, Northern Europa and maybe the Arctic.

Working place
The place of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, and the working place is Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of section Karsten Dahl, phone: +4587158566, e-mail:

Application procedure
Short-listing is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

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. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicant to specify periods of e.g. parental leaves without research activities. These time periods will be subtracted from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity. We wish to recruit the best qualified candidate applying a broad perspective on competencies relevant to all aspects of the position and with a focus on collaborative skills

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.


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