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This research focuses on the measurement science of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment, food, and human health materials. As emerging contaminants, there is a significant need for the development of state-of-the-art analytical methods, reference materials, and data tools to help stakeholders better detect chemical signatures, identify novel PFAS, and quantify targeted PFAS in a wide range of matrices. Instrumentation available for this research include gas chromatographs, liquid chromatographs, high resolution mass spectrometers (QTOF and Orbitrap), ion mobility paired mass spectrometry, triple quadrupole mass spectrometers, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers. Research interests include (but are not limited to): (1) development of novel methods for the identification and/or quantification of PFAS in complex matrices, (2) creation of novel materials or material processing protocols for the quality control of PFAS measurements in complex matrices, and (3) generation of reference data to enable better identification of unknown PFAS.
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station The Department of Analytical Chemistry at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Scientist.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are an emerging class of widespread environmental contaminants that have toxic effects at extremely low concentrations. Current technologies for remediating PFAS contaminated soil are limited and very expensive. This project work towards the development of an effective and inexpensive remediation method: nanomaterial enhanced phytoremediation. Our goal is to develop and test novel nanomaterials that will enhance plant accumulation and translocation of PFAS from soil. The CAES portion of the project will focus on determining the effects of the novel nanomaterials on plant uptake of PFAS and leaching of PFAS from contaminated soils.
We are seeking a recent Ph.D. with training in environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, or a closely related field. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in the following areas: • LC-MS analysis, sample preparation for analysis of organic chemical contaminants • Growing plants hydroponically and/or in a greenhouse setting • Soil leaching studies • Confocal microscopy • ICP-OES/ICP-MS analysis, sample preparation by acid digestions
This is currently an "anticipated" job announcement because of paperwork delays at the state level, but funding has been awarded and assigned to this position.
Reach out to Sara Nason (email@example.com) virtually or in-person in Providence for more information
Post-doc at University of Toronto
University of Toronto A post-doc position is open at the University of Toronto, with the primary location in the lab of Dr. Miriam Diamond and Dr. Hui Peng. The post-doc will work with the PFAS Science & Policy Group1 on research aimed at better understanding major uses of PFAS and the implications of these uses. After investigating PFAS use in cosmetics2 and food contact materials3, this new post-doc opportunity will start with documenting the use of PFAS in Canadian and US building materials as one major use, and working to identify other major PFAS uses in Canada and the US. The methods used include Substance Flow Analysis, data mining (looking at records of PFAS imports), and analytical work (target and non-target analysis). The post-doc would work with members of the PFAS Science & Policy Group, and partners in, for example, the provincial and federal governments. This position is confirmed for one year with the possible extension for a second year. The position would start fall 2021 with a negotiable start date. Modelling work could be done remotely, with analytical taking place at the University of Toronto. The successful candidate would have expertise in: • PhD in environmental chemistry, environmental engineering or a related discipline, and • Familiarity with PFAS analytical methods, or • Familiarity with environmental modelling tools such as substance flow analysis, and • Ability to effectively communicate through scientific publication and public outreach, and • Ability to work collaboratively and independently. Salary commensurate with experience.
California Department of Toxic Substances Control The Scientific Aid will work under direct supervision of a Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) and under the mentorship of senior staff. This classification provides flexible part-time employment that allows individuals to gain experience and familiarize themselves with career possibilities in State Service and in the green chemistry field.
This position will assist in the evaluation of Candidate Chemicals, Priority Products, and Alternatives Analysis reports to support the implementation of the Safer Consumer Product regulations. Typical tasks that this position may perform include:
collecting, analyzing, and evaluating scientific literature related to the use of chemicals in consumer products; collecting and preparing consumer product samples for analytical testing; preparing and presenting research findings; maintaining content of databases; interacting with internal and external customers; and assisting with preparing materials for the public website.
Örebro University The doctoral studies will be conducted in a project that studies per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from household and industrial waste and waste management with aim to advance the scientific understanding of circulating PFAS and bring new knowledge into waste treatment development to provide for a non-toxic environment and circular economy. Contact me for more details.
postdoc and PhD positions in PFAS bioaccumulation and marine ecotox
Stony Brook University We are seeking a postdoctoral scientist and PhD student to join our research group at Stony Brook University to study PFAS bioaccumulation and toxicity in benthic marine organisms. The project focuses on AFFF-derived PFASs and will include analysis of known and novel PFASs in biological matrices using LC-QTOF-MS.
Geologists, Engineers, and Scientists
Geosyntec Geosyntec is always on the lookout for talented recent graduates and experienced professionals interested in careers in environmental consulting. We are particularly interested in continuing to grown our PFAS practice area bench strength.
An overview of our PFAS practice is available here: https://geosyntec.com/pfas
A list of current openings is available here: https://www.geosyntec.com/careers/careers-at-geosyntec