Postdoctoral fellow within Radioecotoxicology / Nanoimaging - Deadline: Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Norway

February 2, 2022

Description

Do you want to conduct research in a multidisciplinary and international environment within the field of environmental radioactivity utilizing state- of-the-art analytical technology?

Postdoctoral fellow within Radioecotoxicology / Nanoimaging About the position

Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) and Centre of Excellence for Environmental Radioactivity (CERAD CoE) at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 2-year Post Doc position within Radioecotoxicology/Nanoimaging.

The position is part of the European RadoNorm (Managing risk from radon and NORM) project which commenced in 2020 and runs until 2024. The key aim of RadoNorm is to improve assessments of the impacts of radon and NORM exposure of humans and the environment and to provide sound, feasible and applicable solutions for radiation risk reduction.

The Post Doc position will focus on transfer and effects of multiple stressors from NORM (e.g., U, Ra, Po-210), metals and nanoparticles on organisms by characterizing exposure using a combination of radioanalytical as well as micro- and nanoanalytical techniques.

As a post doc, you are expected to perform both experimental and theoretical work in collaboration with other scientists within RadoNorm as well as communicate your results at national and international conferences, in scientific journals and for collaborators involved in the projects as well as stakeholders interested to follow the research outcome.

The main purpose of the post-doctoral position is to qualify for work in high- level scientific positions. A PhD degree is required.

Main tasks

The work will be connected to ecotoxicology studies combining nanoparticles and NORM radionuclides (e,g., uranium, radon and other daughter products) that will be carried out at NMBU or at partners/collaborators nationally and abroad.

The work will include:

  • Creative and independent research as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ecotox experiments involving environmentally relevant nanoparticles and radon derived daughter nuclides using model organisms such as C. elegans, D. magna and mice.
  • Exposure characterization related to toxicological evaluation experiments involving nanoparticles of radionuclides (such as U) or carbon that may act as carriers of radon daughter nuclides.
  • Method development and sample analysis using ICP-MS as well as radioanalytical and X-ray imaging techniques
  • Bench-top micro-XRF at NMBU and micro- and nanoanalytical experiments at collaborating institutions nationally and abroad (e.g., synchrotron radiation based x-ray experiments).
  • Publication of results in peer reviewed journals and presentation research at national and international meetings.
  • Collaboration with other scientists within ongoing national and international of science projects.
  • Competence

    Required academic qualifications

  • PhD in a relevant scientific field such as ecotoxicology, analytical chemistry, environmental radioactivity/radioecology or environmental chemistry.
  • Competence within analytical and radioanalytical methods for measuring radionuclides and/or metals
  • Competence in setting up biotest experiments
  • The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Experience from work with ionizing radiation or radionuclides.
  • Experience from working with radionuclides in the environment.
  • Experience from using C. elegans, D. magna and/or mice in biotest experiments.
  • Experience with programming and image and data analysis is an advantage.
  • For candidates without competence within ionizing radiation, the Radiation protection course (KJM350) offered at NMBU will be mandatory

    You need to have:

  • Good knowledge of the English language – both written and oral
  • Good communication skills, both related to the research community and presentations in general
  • Enthusiasm and creativity in research
  • Ability to work individually and in teams
  • Ability to work in a result-oriented environment
  • Remuneration and further information

    The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24 (salary grade 59-77) (NOK 523.200-741.300), depending on qualifications. The position follows ordinary meriting regulations.

    For further information, please contact Professor Ole Christian Lind, E-mail: olelin@nmbu.no; phone +47 92432406 or Professor Lindis Skipperud (Head of Section) E-mail: lindis.skipperud@nmbu.no; phone +47 67231891

    Information to applicants

    Application

    To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

    Application deadline: 02.02.2022

    Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant's part of the work is suggested.

    Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 02.02.2022. Please quote reference number 21/06094.

    Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

    About The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource

    Management

    The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) works with nature and the environment, sustainable use of natural resources, biological and geological processes.

    MINA's employees undertake teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of geology, hydrology and limnology, soil science, environmental chemistry, forestry, ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy, and nature-based tourism.

    Our vision is to be a key actor in knowledge production and dissemination, and our goal is to deliver research of high, international quality, and varied and excellent teaching. The faculty's employees are significant participants within their respective fields of expertise, both nationally and internationally. The faculty is dominated by a vital research culture and high levels of scientific production.

    The faculty has about 200 employees, 90 PhD students and 650 students.

    Read more about MINA here.

    The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

    NMBU has a particular responsibility for research and education that secures the basis for the life of future generations. Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we deliver knowledge for life. NMBU has 1,900 employees of which about 300 phd scholarships and 6,700 students. The university is divided into seven faculties.

    NMBU believes that a good working environment is characterised by diversity.

    We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional ability, cultural background or whether you have been outside the labour market for a period. If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at www. nmbu.no.

    Deadline

    2nd February 2022

    Employer

    Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

    Municipality

    Ås

    Scope

    Fulltime (1 jobs) Fulltime (%)

    Duration

    Project

    Place of service

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