PhD Candidate in Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
December 01, 2022
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The Department of Chemistry has a vacancy for a

PhD Candidate in Environmental Analytical Chemistry This is NTNU

NTNU is a broad-based university with a technical-scientific profile and a focus in professional education. The university is located in three cities with headquarters in Trondheim.

At NTNU, 9,000 employees and 42,000 students work to create knowledge for a better world.

You will find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

About the position

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree. The PhD programme consists of a three-year full-time study and one year of teaching duties.

New challenges to environmental analytical chemistry have been rising rapidly. Over 350 000 chemicals and mixtures of chemicals have been registered for production and use, 93% of which are organic chemicals. The cocktail effects of chemical toxicity, correlations with epidemic diseases in populations, side effects on biodiversity, and so on require a comprehensive analysis of a broad range of chemicals.

We are seeking a PhD student, who will develop a multi-residual methodology, from sample preparation to instrumental analysis (target, suspect, non-target approaches) and data evaluation, for chemical identification and screening in miscellaneous environmental matrices. The developed methodology will then be implemented to samples associated with e.g., marine sediments from the seven oceanic bodies of water, with aims to investigate current status of chemical usage, and to identify emerging pollutants of long-range transport and bioaccumulation concerns.

The supervisors of the project will be Assoc. Prof. Bo Yuan and Assoc. Prof. Alexandros Asimakopoulos.

Duties of the position
  • develop multi-residual methodologies, from sample preparation to instrumental analysis and data evaluation, for chemical identification and screening in miscellaneous environmental matrices
  • target, suspect, non-target analysis of environmental sample sets
  • publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  • presentation scientific work at conferences
  • teaching duties
  • Required selection criteria
  • Applicants should hold a MSc in analytical or environmental chemistry, or equivalent.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level.
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program
  • Proficiency in both oral and written English
  • The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

    Preferred selection criteria
  • Specialization towards trace analysis of organic chemicals in multiple environmental matrices
  • Hands-on experience with method development and chemical identification using LC-MS/MS and LC-HRMS (e.g., LC-qTOF-MS)
  • Previous experience with non-target screening and elucidation of chemical structures based on mass spectra
  • Data processing skills using statistical computing and graphics, e.g., R and MATLAB
  • Personal characteristics
  • strongly motivated to advance our current knowledge and the candidate's own knowledge on the topic of this position
  • be a good team player while also being able to work independently
  • motivated to embrace challenges, enthusiastic and result oriented
  • analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

    We offer
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits
  • Salary and conditions

    As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 501 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

    The period of employment is 4 years (with 25 % teaching duties).

    Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Chemistry within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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    The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

    It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

    About the application

    The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

    Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

    The application must include:

  • CV and certificates
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • In addition to a cover letter, candidates are required to submit a one- page sketch on how they plan to use their scientific background and research ambitions to address the research challenges of this position.
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work
  • If you have taken English-language tests and/or Graduate Record Examinations
  • If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

    We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

    In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

    NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

    General information

    ntnu.noWorking at NTNU

    NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees' needs.

    NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.

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    The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

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    As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

    A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

    If you have any questions about the position, please contact Bo Yuan, telephone +47 94441211, email bo.yuan@ntnu.no. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Marie Kristiansen, e-mail: marie.kristiansen@ntnu.no

    If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. Please refer to the application number NVD-363/22 when applying.

    Application deadline: 01.12.2022.

    NTNU - knowledge for a better world

    NTNU - knowledge for a better world

    The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

    Department of Chemistry

    We educate graduates for careers in environmental science, industry, the school system, research and public administration. Chemistry is also a basic discipline for medicine, biology and technology, and an important key in issues related to energy, climate, the environment, food, water and health. Research activities at the Department range from environmental chemistry to applied theoretical chemistry. The Department of Chemistry is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

    Deadline

    1st December 2022

    Employer

    NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology

    Municipality

    Trondheim

    Scope

    Fulltime (1 jobs) Fulltime (%)

    Duration

    Fixed Term

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