Three-year researcher position with focus on advanced analytical chemistry by High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS)
The Department of Geochemistry at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) seeks applicants with an analytical chemistry background for a three-year researcher position with focus on the application of LC-HRMS analytical methods for organic contaminants in environmental chemistry research projects.
We currently experience an increase in our entire research portfolio of ground- and drinking water projects and specifically within development and application of advanced analytical chemistry methods. Therefore, we are looking for a new colleague who can contribute with state-of-the-art research in this core area of the department.
The position is intended to support and strengthen GEUS' research within environmental chemistry with specific focus on application of advanced analytical chemical methods e.g., in fate studies of organic micropollutants. The main task will be to develop and implement high quality analytical chemical methods using our LC-TIMS-qTOF with the aim to support and facilitate the standardization and validation of suspect and non-target screening methods for environmental samples. The methods will afterwards be applied to create increased understanding of the occurrence and fate of organic pollutants in ground- and drinking water. As many compounds observed in groundwater are often very mobile, experience with analytical method development for very mobile compounds e.g., PMT and vPvM compounds would be beneficial when taking on the position although it is not a must.
You will be working closely together with colleagues in our environmental organic pollutants team, comprising technicians, research assistants, and senior researchers. The team works with a variety of environmental chemical aspects such as fate of pesticides and biocides in soil and groundwater, managed aquifer recharge, urban infiltration of storm water, and groundwater monitoring of organic pollutants e.g., pesticides and PFAS. The team has broad experience working at both lab- and field-scale. The atmosphere in the team is highly collaborative and we expect you to be too.
You will be employed as a researcher, equaling assistant professor at universities.
The right candidate will have a solid background in analytical chemistry and proved experience with operating LC-HRMS instruments and is expected to also have several of the following qualifications:
- PhD degree (mandatory) in analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, or similar field.
- Solid hands-on experience working in a laboratory setting and with development of analytical chemical methods using LC-HRMS. Experience with ion-mobility-HRMS and online-SPE is an advantage.
- Solid experience with data processing of HRMS-data. Experience with multivariate analyses, metabolomics, and identification of transformation product is an advantage.
- Preferred experience with suspect and non-target screening in environmental matrices (water and soil), or other complex matrices like blood, plant-extracts, etc.
- Preferred experience with sample preparation of complex matrices for analysis e.g., solid phase extraction.
The candidate should have strong written and oral communication skills (English), and documented academic writing experience, and should be willing to learn Danish if not already native speaking. The right candidate will have the ability to work independently in a team environment and be willing to collaborate with all members of the research team.
Department of Geochemistry
The aim of the Department of Geochemistry is to understand the fate of chemical substances in soil, groundwater and the deeper subsurface. The activities are characterised by both experimental work in the laboratory, field tests, and numerical modelling. The fate of pesticides and other xenobiotics in soil and groundwater is one of the department’s core research areas – you will become a part of the research group within this field. Another major research area includes the understanding of hydrogeochemical processes in soil, groundwater aquifers, water treatment facilities, and geothermal reservoirs as well as resulting from CO2-rock interaction. We also process groundwater chemistry data in relation to monitoring of the Danish groundwater. We are a staff of about 40 persons comprising researchers, consultants, postdocs, technicians, and students.
- A creative and interdisciplinary research environment with state-of-the-art experimental facilities for carrying out the intended experiments
- A lively and informal working environment with talented and dedicated colleagues
- Versatile work duties and good opportunities to influence them
- Development opportunities with access to courses and other further education
- Family friendly workplace with flexible hours
- An active social environment, with a staff association and art society
- Fitness centre with physiotherapy at the workplace
Salary and conditions of employment
In accordance with the collective agreements between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the relevant eligible trade union.
The appointment area is the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities and its institutions.
The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities considers diversity to be an asset and invites anybody interested, regardless of gender, age, religion, or ethnicity to apply for the position.
Please contact the Head of Department Claus Kjøller on tel. +45 51728202, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
International applicants can read more about living and working in Denmark on GEUS’ homepage: http://eng.geus.dk/about/jobs/
The application must include a letter of motivation, a CV, a list of publications with a separate indication of journal papers that are registered in ISI Web of Science, copies of any individual publications of particular relevance to the position and, if relevant, contact details of referees (max. 2). PhD diploma, as well as a summary of the PhD or other material that can document qualifications at postdoc level must be enclosed.
Submitted PhD theses that have not yet been defended may be sent with the application and will be included in the assessment. The PhD thesis must be approved by the University prior to appointment.
Please, send your application via GEUS’ homepage www.geus.dk under Jobs and Education (Job og Uddannelse). Your application must be with GEUS no later than 12.00 midday (Danish time), 24th of July 2023. We expect to carry out job interviews ultimo August 2023.
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Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
The appointment procedure
An expert academic assessment committee consisting of two internal senior researchers will make an individual evaluation of applicants’ academic qualifications, where candidates are deemed qualified or non-qualified in relation to the position advertised. Then an appointments committee decide which of the qualified candidates they want to call for a job interview. The procedure is in accordance with “Circular on the appointment and assessment of academic staff at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland”, Sections 4 and 7.
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