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PhD Studentship in the field of Analytical Chemistry at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany

The Department of Isotope Biogeochemistry at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ is offering a position for three years within the European Union 7th framework ‘PEOPLE’ programme Initial Training.

Study Subject(s):Analytical Chemistry
Course Level:PhD
Scholarship Provider: European Union 7th framework
The award can be taken at: Germany

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Eligibility:
person with interests in analytical chemistry (sample preparation, LC method development and mass spectrometry) and biogeochemistry. Candidates should have a master certification in the area of natural sciences, preferentially chemistry or analytical chemistry. Due to the international character of the project, excellent English communication skills are expected. We provide excellent supervision in a young international team.

The place of work is Leipzig, Germany. Salary will be in accordance with Marie Curie rules of the European Commission (http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/careers_en.htm). Please note the mobility restrictions outlined by the EC: Researchers can be of any nationality but at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Yes

Description: The project aims to develop novel applications for the analysis of carbon stable isotope composition of polar organic contaminants (chloro- and bromophenols, chloroacetic acids, herbicides (phenoxyacids e.g. 2,4-D)) using an isotope ratio mass spectrometer linked to liquid chromatography. The different steps of the analytical methods (sample preparation, chromatographic separation and detection) will be optimized, and the possible isotope effects caused during each one of these steps will be investigated. To validate the methods, reference biotic and abiotic degradation experiments (e.g. microbial reductive dechlorination of chlorinated phenols by selected microbial strains) will be used. The developed LC methods will be applied to investigate the carbon isotopic fractionation and (bio)transformation of selected compounds in situ.

How to Apply: Please send your complete application documents including a CV, motivation letter and copy of certificates under the code digit 54/2011 to the personnel department, P.O. Box 500136, D-04301 Leipzig, Germany or by e-mail to application-at-ufz.de.

application Deadline: Applications are taken until the position is filled

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