University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Environmental Geosciences
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.01.2021 of a
University Assistant (post doc)
at the Department of Environmental Geosciences
Reference number: 11229
The Centre of Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science conducts internationally leading research. The Department of Environmental Geosciences is looking for a University Assistant (Postdoc) with outstanding expertise in environmental biotransformation of anthropogenic chemicals to support the Department’s and the Centre’s research efforts. Research interests in this area include elucidating pathways and kinetics of the biotransformation/biodegradation of emerging pollutants such as synthetic polymers (micro and nanoplastics) and pharmaceuticals in natural and engineered systems and exploring the catalytic potential of enzymes in relevant systems. The envisioned research should be solution-oriented with a focus on the biotransformation/biodegradation of promising alternatives to conventional chemicals that persist in the environment.
Active participation in research, teaching, and service is expected. This includes:
- Developing and strengthening an independent research profile that complements the expertise currently available in the Department of Environmental Geosciences and in the Centre of Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science
- Publishing/presenting in leading journals/at leading conferences
- Responsibility for project applications and for securing third-party funding
- Teaching as defined by the collective agreement
- Supervision of students
The successful candidate is expected to have:
- A doctoral degree/PhD in Environmental Chemistry
- Outstanding expertise with biotransformation/biodegradation processes and with enzymes in systems relevant to the release of pollutants into natural environments
- Proficiency in analytical methods relevant to the field (e.g., LC-MS/MS, NMR spectroscopy, UV- and fluorescence-based enzyme assays, light and electron microscopy); Experience with the development of innovative methods to study the biotransformation/biodegradation of chemicals
- Outstanding publication record and visibility (e.g., conference contributions, guest lectures)
- An international research and collaboration network relevant to the field
- Experience with supervising and mentoring students
- Teaching experience in the field of environmental organic chemistry
- Ability to work in an international team
- Ability to fluently communicate, teach, and write in English and German
Desirable qualifications are:
- Experience with working abroad
- Experience with industrial collaborations
- Experience with peer-reviewing for leading journals in the field
- Experience with writing research proposals
Applications should include:
- a letter of motivation,
- a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, a list of presentations, a list of courses taught, and contact information of 3-5 referees),
- a research statement, and
- and a teaching statement.
For further information please contact Thilo Hofmann email@example.com
Main research field
Special research fields
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 21.09.2020, mentioning reference number 11229.
For further information please contact Hofmann, Thilo +43-1-4277-53320.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.