Few studies have evaluated the risks from ingestion of naturally occurring radionuclides such as radon, uranium and radium. Very high concentration can occur in groundwater, but radionuclides are largely eliminated from tap water in the processing at waterworks. Meaningful exposures occur, nevertheless, in private wells drilled in the bedrock, as they rarely employ sophisticated removal systems.
PhD position available
Faculty of Environmental Sciences (MINA) at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) through Center for environmental radioactivity (CERAD) has together with the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA) a 3 years vacant PhD position within radioanalytical chemistry.
The position is part of the European RadoNorm (Managing risk from radon and NORM) project https://www.radonorm.eu/ . The PhD position will be focusing on characterizing the possible exposure from radon and NORM in drinking water.
The PhD work will provide important scientific information on the possible exposure from radon and NORM from drinking water and the PhD student will work in close collaboration with scientists within the RadoNorm project.
As a PhD student, you are expected to perform both experimental and theoretical work within your research studies 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. Most of your working time will be devoted to your own research studies.
The main tasks of the PhD will be:
- Characterizing the exposure from radon and other NORMs, together with metals or other stressors, from drinking water as basis for epidemiological studies.
- Determination the amount of radon, NORM and metals in various water sources using radioanalytical techniques and ICP-MS.
- Combined in situ size and charge fractionation techniques might be applied to determine possible bioavailable fractions.
- Presentation of the scientific results from the PhD work for the RadoNorm consortium and the wider scientific community
The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.
Required Academic qualifications
- A master’s degree in a relevant scientific field, such as: analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry / radioecology or radiochemistry / nuclear chemistry
- Competence within analytical and radioanalytical methods for measuring radionuclides and metals
The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:
- Experience from work with ionizing radiation or radionuclides
- Hands on experience with radioanalytical techniques and/or other analytical techniques like ICP-MS
- Experience within radioecology / environmental radioactivity
- Competence within speciation of metals and/or radionuclides
- Experience with statistics, data analysis and data handling are considered advantageous Dissemination skills
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