Postdoc position in Biological and Chemical Engineering

    Postdoc position in Biological and Chemical Engineering

    Postdoc position on effect-directed analysis of micropollutants in water, in the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    June 20, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Analytical environmental chemistry
    – Chromatography
    – Mass spectrometry
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Biological and Chemical Engineering
    Aarhus University
    Contract Period2 Years
    Starting dateJuly 2021


    Our ideal candidate holds a PhD related to analytical environmental chemistry and has experience with effect-based methods or similar, has an open mind to develop new ideas and is eager to collaborate with international partners.


    • Experience with chromatography and mass spectrometry
    • Experience with effect-based methods such as in vitro bioassays
    • Experience with fate of micropollutants in wastewater treatment
    • Publishing in peer-reviewed journals
    • Developing and writing project proposals

    Where experience is lacking, the candidate must be motivated to learn and will get the opportunity to develop new skills. The applicant should be interested to co-supervise students. Excellence in both written and spoken English is a requirement.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The currently known environmental micropollutants are generally responsible for less than 1-5% of the total mixture toxicity in wastewaters. This project aims at identifying the key toxicants in complex mixtures and assess their removal in advanced water purification (bio)technologies.
    For this, the project aims at developing an innovative technology for high resolution screening of bioactive compounds (i.e. effect-directed analysis, EDA) by developing a direct coupling between liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry and planar bioassays (i.e. in vitro bioassays integrated with TLC).

    Specific tasks are:

    • Development of a novel interface for printing µL-droplets of the eluent of liquid chromatography on TLC plates for planar bioassays
    • Optimization and validation of the EDA approach for detecting biological effects based on liquid chromatography coupled with planar bioassays
    • Identification of key pollutants causing the currently unattributed effects in wastewater before and after advanced water purification (bio)technologies.
    • Working in a team with external & international partners including research stays abroad

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click the Apply Online button mentioned above

    Documents Required

    The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

    About Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

    The Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering has strong biotechnology research areas within medical and industrial biotechnology, environmental and process engineering, industrial microbiology, immunology, protein and lipid biotechnology, and modelling of biological processes. Close collaboration with the Departments of Molecular Biology and Genetics, iNano, Biosciences, Food, Agroecology and Chemistry is a natural part of our culture. The successful applicant will be working with biotechnology and will produce and disseminate knowledge and research results about the biological and chemical basis of relevant processes. Translation of results into solving relevant societal problems within environmental issues, health and industry is a highly prioritized part of our work.

    The research group ‘Microbial Technologies for Clean Water’ is specialized in processes at the interplay between microorganisms and pollutants in water. To ensure clean water and sustainable water use, we investigate how microbes can be optimally managed in biotechnologies for water purification. In this context, we develop new concepts for water quality assessment and effect-directed analysis based on bioassays to measure biological water quality. By combining these bioassays with advanced chemical analytical techniques, we obtain a comprehensive picture of the biological effects and chemical nature of micropollutants in water.


    • Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
    • Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.
    • Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.


    Assistant Professor Leendert Vergeynst
    Phone: +4550577938

    Official advertisement

    2-year Postdoc on effect-directed analysis of micropollutants in water

    Post expires at 8:59am on Monday June 21st, 2021 (GMT+9)