Researcher in Water Resources Engineering PFAS (PA2022/1799)

Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknologi

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Researcher in Water Resources Engineering – Contamination of the water resources with PFAS and survey of the regional emission sources

Description of the workplace 
Water Resources Engineering is a division within the department of Building and Environmental Technology at Faculty of Engineering at Lund University. At the division about 15 professors and other senior researchers teach and research a wide variety of water-related specialties. These include water resources, urban hydrology, hydro-dynamics, hydro-meteorology, water quality, climate change, coastal processes, geohydrology and flow in natural waters. The division has around 20 registered PhD-students. The researcher will mainly work with the researchers dedicated to geohydrology, water quality and flow in natural waters.

The subject of the researcher is to investigate the connection between the regional water quality and use of AFFF containing PFAS by fire and rescue services. The objectives of the research include analysis of the AFFF handling and related technical aspects; identification of the AFFF specimens; determination of the PFAS composition profiles in AFFF; and investigation of the mechanisms of the water contamination with PFAS. Furthermore, attention is given to investigation and development of the source specific PFAS treatment methods with an emphasis on the advanced ex-situ treatment techniques.

We offer 
Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme. Read more on the University website about being a Lund University employee Work at Lund University 

Work duties 
The primary work duties are to:

  • Conduct the research within the subject area
  • Develop collaboration with agencies, institutions, and municipal authorities
  • Conduct related field investigations and surveys
  • Conduct the laboratory work, analyses and administration of the procedures and protocols
  • Compile the task specific protocols and recommendations for authorities
  • Perform administration of the project and corresponding tasks
  • Actively seek for external research funding

Supervision of degree projects and doctoral students may also be conducted. The opportunity for training in higher education teaching and learning shall also be given if teaching is part of the work duties.

Required qualifications for the position are:

  • A PhD in Water Resources Engineering or equivalent research qualification within the subject of the position. 
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English. 
  • Documented competence in investigation of the source water contaminion with PFAS

Additional qualifications for the position are:

  • Experience in PFAS analysis and analytical methods (including mass spectrometry and x-ray fluorescent analysis)
  • Knowledge in AFFF, fire service technology and technical aspects of the AFFF use and equipment specifications
  • Experiences in the assessment of fire-fighting equipment and AFFF implementation
  • Knowledge in the surfactant systems, intermolecular interactions, and molecular mechanics
  • Knowledge in sorption and transport in heterogeneous media
  • Experience in drinking water, PFAS treatment and advanced treatment methods (including treatment with UV)
  • Experience in conducting of the field-tests for PFAS treatment methods
  • Project management experience
  • Experience of IPR and business plan developments for start-ups.
  • Broad experience in liaison development with municipalities and authorities.

Consideration will also be given to how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development. 

Further information 
The position is a fixed term position for 8 months at 100 % of full time starting September 1th 2022.

How to apply 
Applications are to be submitted via the University’s recruitment system. The application should include a CV and a personal letter justifying your interest in the position and how it matches your qualifications. The application should also include a degree certificate or equivalent and any other document to which you would like to draw attention (copies of grade transcripts, details of referees, letters of recommendation, etc.)”  

Welcome with your application! 

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 220901 eller enligt överenskommelse
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/1799
  • Kenneth M Persson, 46462229470
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
Last application date 14.Aug.2022 11:59 PM CEST

Deadline: 2022-08-14 at 23:59
Unit: Teknisk vattenresurslära, Faculty of Engineering, LTH

Read the job description at the university homepage or apply.

Post expires on Sunday August 14th, 2022