[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD position in environmental chemistry at Newcastle University
Anke.Neumann at newcastle.ac.uk
Mon Mar 17 04:33:57 MDT 2014
PhD position: From the lab to the real world: redox reactions of Fe minerals in complex biogeochemical environments
A fully funded PhD studentship is available in the Environmental Engineering group in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University, UK.
Contaminant transformation and (bio) availability as well as nutrient cycling are strongly affected by redox reactions of Fe-bearing minerals in subsurface environments. While previous laboratory studies addressed the redox reactivity of individual Fe minerals, a systematic evaluation of the combined reactivity of co-existing Fe minerals is lacking. This project will bridge the knowledge gap between laboratory experiment and natural systems, including assessing microbial responses to different mineral conditions. Various Fe-bearing minerals and representative soil organic components will be combined to simulate the complexity of natural environments. Experiments will range from batch to flow-through experiments, including solid phase and redox characterizations (e.g. reactive probe compounds, ICP-MS, Mössbauer spectroscopy). Selected microbial assays will be performed to relate chemical predictions and biological responses.
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong background in environmental chemistry, geochemistry, soil science or a related discipline and with experience in the laboratory. The candidate should be motivated to conduct extensive laboratory work, including aqueous and solid phase analyses (HPLC, ICP-MS, XRD, Mössbauer spectroscopy). Experience in any of these techniques would be advantageous.
For more information, contact Anke Neumann (anke.neumann at ncl.ac.uk<mailto:anke.neumann at ncl.ac.uk>). To apply, send a CV and cover letter quoting reference number Cl-643 to Anke Neumann (anke.neumann at ncl.ac.uk<mailto:anke.neumann at ncl.ac.uk>).
Lecturer in Environmental Engineering
Civil Engineering & Geosciences
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK
+44 191 208 6406
anke.neumann at ncl.ac.uk<mailto:anke.neumann at ncl.ac.uk>
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