Postdoc Position In Nano-Technology/Geochemistry

Universities and Institutes of Austria


March 13, 2022


  • Organisation/Company: University of Vienna
  • Research Field: Chemistry Environmental science Geosciences
  • Researcher Profile: Recognised Researcher (R2) Established Researcher (R3)
  • Application Deadline: 13/03/2022 18:00 - Europe/Athens
  • Location: Austria › Vienna
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 40
  • Offer Starting Date: 01/03/2022
  • Open Postdoc position in Nano-Technology/Geochemistry

    Department of Environmental Geosciences – EDGE

    Center for Microbiology and Environmental System Science

    The Department of Environmental Geosciences at the University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, about 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, more than 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position of a postdoc on the topic of

    Transformation of nanomaterials in the aquatic environment

    The Department of Environmental Geosciences is a highly experienced and internationally recognized team carrying out research on environmental contaminants, hydrogeology and nanogeosciences.

    The physicochemical transformation of nanomaterials, which is the core topic of the position, is one of the three most relevant transformation processes in the environment: (i) physicochemical transformation, (ii) (hetero-) agglomeration and (iii) dissolution. The physicochemical transformation changes the environmental behavior, uptake and effects of the nanomaterial. It therefore is not only a process of scientific interest but also has regulatory relevance. The project in which the candidate will work is one of three sub- projects dealing with the general nanomaterial transformation processes in the environment. The tasks involve the quantification of transformation processes along the major pathways as e.g. sulfidation or phosphorylation, optimization of batch and flow-through experimental set-ups and analytical techniques. In a final step, those improved methods will be validated and submitted as a proposed guideline to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The outcomes of the project will largely influence the safety testing of nanomaterials in OECD countries.

    The researchers of the department are at the forefront of nanoparticle analysis, their behaviour and fate in the natural environment and development of regulatory tools. The department operates a unique, well-equipped infrastructure to investigate nanoparticulate processes and analyse nanoparticles in complex aquatic systems and have access to specialized instrumentation in-house or through intensive collaborations on all levels.

    Duration of employment: 2 year/s

    Extent of Employment: 40.0 hours/week

    Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

    We offer:

  • The support from internationally recognised senior researchers to develop all the skills necessary to complete this project and excellent laboratory facilities
  • An international working environment (working language is English) with many opportunities for career development (networking, conferences, project meetings etc…)
  • Vienna, the city with the highest quality of life worldwide (elected for the 10th consecutive time, Mercer, 2019)
  • Requirements:

  • Completed PhD degree in a relevant field of science
  • Background in Environmental Geochemistry, Analytical Chemistry and/or Nanotechnology
  • Experiences in electron microscopy and/or trace metal analysis
  • Knowledge in MS Office
  • High ability to express yourself both orally and in writing
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Desirable qualifications are:

  • Knowledge in experimental and method development
  • Knowledge in geochemical modelling (PHREEQC, The Geochemist's Workbench, …)
  • Experiences in project and time management
  • Application documents:

  • A cover letter that describes the motivation for the application
  • A scientific CV (including a full list of publications and projects)
  • Contact information for at least two academic references
  • Applications should be submitted as a single pdf file including scientific CV and the contact details of two referees. Applications should be addressed to, max. 5 MB.

    For questions related to the project, contact Dr. Frank von der Kammer (

    The University of Vienna is an equal opportunity employer and intends to increase the number of women on its faculty, particularly in high-level positions, and therefore specifically invites applications by women. Among equally qualified applicants, women will receive preferential consideration.

    Further information at https://

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: University of Vienna
  • Department: Department of Environmental Geosciences
  • Organisation Type: Higher Education Institute
  • Website: https: //
  • Country: Austria
  • City: Vienna
  • State/Province: Vienna
  • Postal Code: 1090
  • Street: Althanstrasse 14