Postdoc in Environmental Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials – DTU

The Department of Environmental Engineering (DTU Environment) at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as postdoc within the section for Environmental Fate of Effects of Chemicals. The section deals with the environmental impacts and risks of chemicals, complex contaminations and nanomaterials. Our approaches involve laboratory and field experimentation, modelling and often with a regulatory outlook. The position is in the research field of risk assessment of nanomaterials including ecotoxicity evaluation and model development and testing.

Responsibilities and tasks
The main responsibility of the postdoc is to act as the day-to-day coordinator and contributor to DTU Environment’s involvement in the H2020 project caLIBRAte: “Performance testing, calibration and implementation of a next generation system-of-systems Risk Governance Framework for nanomaterials”. You will be involved in the work packages “Environmental risk assessment models” and “Data collation for calibration and gap analysis”, respectively.

You will use your experience in laboratory testing of nanomaterials in evaluation of data and models for environmental risk assessment. In the position you will interact actively with project partners from around Europe as well as with the research team on environmental risk of nanomaterials at DTU Environment. Your tasks involve dissemination of project results through scientific papers, conference contributions and project deliveries as well as interaction with stakeholders. Furthermore, you will represent DTU at project meetings in Denmark and abroad as well as at the bi-yearly caLIBRAte general assemblies.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent. Flexibility and self-motivation are desired skills at DTU, as well as a natural interest in collaboration and personal responsibility. 

  • You must have a detailed and documented knowledge on ecotoxicity testing of nanomaterials
  • You must have experience from H2020 projects in writing deliverables and in project management
  • You should have experience with regulatory issues as well as classification and labelling of chemicals from work in industry or as a consultant
  • You enjoy working with complex topics
  • Your teaching experience is considered a great benefit for the dissemination parts of the position
  • You must have strong coordination and planning skills and an interest for project administration and economy
  • You thrive on collaboration and teamwork

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 2 years beginning May 1, 2018.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from professor Anders Baun, tel.: +45 4525 1567.

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 March 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Environment is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental engineering in Europe. DTU was recently ranked #7 worldwide in the Shanghai Rankings in Environmental Science & Engineering.

DTU Environment conducts research and development, and provides educational programs and service to society in the area of engineering of water in natural, urban and industrial contexts, processing and recovery of residual resources, environmental risk assessment and chemical risk reduction. The aim is to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, and to disseminate this knowledge to society and a new generation of engineers. The Department has approximately 185 staff from more than 30 nationalities.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.