Akvaplan-niva AS announces a 2-year post.doc. position connected to the project "Source-Exposure Relationships for Airborne Organic Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Northern Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems ". The position is based in Tromsø and start-up is as soon as possible. The project the position is linked to is funded by the Norwegian Research Council, led by the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), and is a collaboration between a number of national and international research institutes. The successful candidate will collaborate with other researchers in the project team, but work especially close with researchers from Akvaplan-niva and NILU.
There is both scientific and regulatory interest in identifying chemical substances, which may represent a risk for environmental and human health in northern areas. Some chemical substances have potential for long-range environmental transport to remote areas, such as the Arctic. Although many substances are recognized and regulated as so-called persistent organic pollutants (POPs), there are indications that the number of POPs exceeds those identified to date. In this project, we aim to study relationships between sources of various airborne organic contaminants of emerging concern (AOCs) and their occurrence in northern air as well as terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. The project will combine field studies with mechanistic modelling to assess the overall understanding as well as to identify critical knowledge gaps.
The Post. Doc. Position
The Post.Doc. will be central in planning and implementation of field work, in preparation and analysis of samples, as well as in data treatment and publication writing. Fieldwork in several parts of Norway can be expected and short- to medium-lasting stays at collaborating institutes may be arranged.
Qualifications / personal skills
Ph.D. degree or equivalent within ecotoxicology, aquatic biology or chemistry
Experience from laboratory work (preferably chemical analysis)
Knowledge of bioaccumulation and biomagnification of environmental pollutants
Good oral and written English skills
Knowledge of statistical data treatment
Ability to collaborate with researchers in different fields
Knowledge of theoretical modelling is an advantage
Professionally curious and motivated
Experience from fieldwork
The application must contain:
Application letter, including motivation to apply for the position
Copy of diploma from Master and Ph.D. degree (or equivalent)
Name and contact details of 2 - 3 reference persons
Akvaplan-niva AS is a research- and consultancy company in the NIVA- group (the Norwegian Institute for Water Research). Our main office is at Framsenteret in Tromsø with branch offices in Trondheim, Oslo, Bergen, Alta, Skien, Kirkenes and Reykjavik
We provide a full range of practical and cost-efficient consultancy services that address today's environmental challenges and we are engaged in research projects within the areas aquaculture, petroleum, mineralindustry, biodiversity and ecotoxicology. Akvaplan-niva operates their own chemical- and biological laboratories with accreditation according to approved standards. We are also the secretariat for Arctic Frontiers in Tromsø, the annual conference discussing on sustainable development in the Arctic.