PhD Project in suspect- and non-target screening of stormwater

Copenhagen University
March 26, 2023
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Section for Environmental Chemistry and Physics invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in environmental analytical chemistry.

Start date is 1st of May or as soon as possible thereafter. The place of employment will be at Campus Frederiksberg in central Copenhagen.

About the position The PhD revolves around the development and implementation of novel screening methods using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) to detect, identify and quantify unknown environmental pollutants. You will become part of the EU-funded project D4RUNOFF which aims at providing chemical characterization of urban runoff and assessing the efficiency of nature-based solutions in degrading stormwater pollutants. Within this framework, your work will focus on the development of hyphenated methodologies that combine ICP-MS with chromatographic separation and parallel detection techniques such as ESI- MS that allow for simultaneous elemental and compound analysis. Furthermore, you will investigate the role of suspect- and non-target screening analysis in environmental monitoring and explore future implementations of these methods for policymaking, both related to stormwater management and other environmental issues.

Who are we looking for? We are looking for candidates within the field of analytical chemistry who are interested in working at the intersect between science and policymaking. Applicants can have a background from chemistry, environmental sciences, or related fields, with practical experience from analytical chemistry. As the project spans disciplinary fields, candidates are expected to be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary environment and be familiar with interdisciplinary research approaches.

About us You will become part of the Research Group in Analytical Chemistry, which is a part of the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at the Faculty of SCIENCE. We are a very dynamic group of approximately 30 people working on various aspects of analytical chemistry, from targeted approaches to chemical fingerprinting of a wide range of sample matrices. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in an international research environment.

Principal supervisor is Professor Jan H. Christensen, Section for Environmental Chemistry and Physics, [email protected], phone: +4535332456.

The PhD programme

Qualifications needed for the regular programme To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master's degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. chemistry or environmental science. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Terms of employment in the regular programme Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The terms of employment and salary are in accordance to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Responsibilities and tasks in the PhD programme

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project
  • We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in analytical chemistry
  • Good language skills
  • Application and Assessment Procedure

    Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

    Please include :

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  • Publication list (if possible)
  • Reference letters (if available)
  • Application deadline:

    The deadline for applications is Sunday 26 March 2023, 23:59 GMT +1.

    We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

    The further process After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

    The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at https: //

    Questions For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

    General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School's website: https: // www.

    The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

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