2-year Postdoc on effect-directed analysis of micropollutants in water

The Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 2-year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join our research on effect-directed analysis of micropollutants in wastewater.

The currently known environmental micropollutants are generally responsible for less than 1-5% of the total mixture toxicity in wastewaters. This project aims at identifying the key toxicants in complex mixtures and assess their removal in advanced water purification (bio)technologies.

For this, the project aims at developing an innovative technology for high resolution screening of bioactive compounds effect-directed analysis, EDA) by developing a direct coupling between liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry and planar bioassays in vitro bioassays integrated with TLC).

Specific tasks are:

  • Development of a novel interface for printing µL-droplets of the eluent of liquid chromatography on TLC plates for planar bioassays
  • Optimization and validation of the EDA approach for detecting biological effects based on liquid chromatography coupled with planar bioassays
  • Identification of key pollutants causing the currently unattributed effects in wastewater before and after advanced water purification (bio)technologies
  • Working in a team with external & international partners including research stays abroad
  • The project will be conducted in close collaboration with:

  • Dr. Associate Prof. Jeroen Kool, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Development of LC-TLC interface
  • Dr. Sebastian Buchinger, Federal Institute of Hydrology, Germany: Effect-based methods based on planar bioassays
  • Prof. Jan H. Christensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark:
  • There is considerable freedom to align the goals of the project with the goals of the candidate. The candidate is therefore encouraged to describe research ideas as part of the application (research proposal of max. 2 pages).

    The position is funded by the Danish Research Foundation.

    We offer a well-financed and unique research opportunity to conduct research on effect-directed analysis of micropollutants in water at a high international level. We encourage a research climate with lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research. We guarantee access to well-developed research infrastructure including state-of-the-art instrumentation for chemical analysis (UHPLC-HRMS).


    Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD Biological sciences › Biological engineering
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE 1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD Chemistry › Analytical chemistry
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE 1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD Engineering › Water resources engineering
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE 1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD Environmental science › Water science
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE 1 - 4
  • Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL Engineering: PhD or equivalent Chemistry: PhD or equivalent Environmental science: PhD or equivalent Biological sciences: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES ENGLISH: Excellent
  • Skills/Qualifications

    Our ideal candidate holds a PhD related to analytical environmental chemistry and has experience with effect-based methods or similar, has an open mind to develop new ideas and is eager to collaborate with international partners.

    The following qualifications are considered as an advantage:

  • Experience with chromatography and mass spectrometry
  • Experience with effect-based methods such as in vitro bioassays
  • Experience with fate of micropollutants in wastewater treatment
  • Publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  • Developing and writing project proposals
  • Where experience is lacking, the candidate must be motivated to learn and will get the opportunity to develop new skills. The applicant should be interested to co-supervise students. Excellence in both written and spoken English is a requirement.


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