The Section of Environmental Chemistry/CERAD Centre of Excellence, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year PhD position within radioecology/environmental radioactivity, focusing on speciation and dynamic terrestrial ecosystem transfer.
About the position
The overarching goal of the research project is to investigate the dynamics of radionuclide (both anthropogenic and natural occurring) transfer from soil to plants and other selected organisms, and to link the transfer to speciation and mobility in soils. The work should focus on parameterization of transfer models and identify key factors contributing the overall uncertainties in environmental impact assessments.
To achieve this goal, two tasks are identified:
- Laboratory experiments and/or field experiments using radioactive tracers to follow dynamic transfer of radionuclides from soils to vegetation and to selected organisms, forming a basis for model input variables
- Field work/experiments at selected sites to identify the most important soil parameters influencing the mobility in soils (Kd) and to identify the driving forces controlling uptake of radionuclides and metals into vegetation and to relevant organisms
The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master's degree level. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies, and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.
The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.
Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- The grades on MSc degree works
- Analytical competence with respect to radionuclide and trace element (alpha-, beta- and gamma-spectroscopy, ICP-MS) measurements
- Knowledge of radiochemical separation
- Experience with laboratory and/or field experiments
- Experiences in programming, modelling, or statistics would be an advantage
Personal characteristics important for the position are:
- Ability to work independently as well as the ability to cooperate.
- Good knowledge of the English language – both written and oral
- Ability to work results-oriented, accurate and structured in a fast paced environment
- Good communication skills, both related to teaching and research
- Future-oriented, innovative and a team-player