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Researcher - Ecotoxicology and Environmental Pollution

North Highland College

Location: Thurso
Salary: £30,066 to £32,641 per annum (spine points 24-27; dependent on skills and experience)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 22nd November 2021
Closes: 10th January 2022

+ 45 days holiday in a full year (inclusive of 14 public/general holidays)

+ Enrolment into Local Government Superannuation Scheme

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) is an established and growing research centre situated in the town of Thurso in the northern Highlands of Scotland. It is part of North Highland College, one of the partners in the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Scotland’s newest and most distinctive university. The ERI has a rapidly evolving research profile and provides a high quality, dynamic research environment. It is our vision to be ‘internationally recognised for distinctive and innovative environmental science’.

We are now seeking a motivated post-doctoral researcher to work within our ‘Environmental Contamination and Ecological Health’ (ECEH) theme. The position will provide the opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary research, with a particular focus on environmental pollution and the fate, behaviour, and potential impacts of pollutants in the environment. Current focus areas within the group include water quality, pharmaceuticals (fate, impacts, removal form wastewater), lead (Pb) ammunition (risks to wildlife and human health), nutrient recovery (including phosphate), wastewater treatment, plastic pollution (marine and freshwater environment) and biomonitoring.

The successful candidate will be based at ERI’s Castle Street site in Thurso, which hosts several large well-equipped laboratories with an extensive range of instruments and equipment that can be applied to environmental chemistry research – including GC-MS (with TD), GC-FID/TCD, LC-MS/MS systems, LC-FLD, ICP-OES, Seal AQ2 discrete analyser, Shimadzu TOC-L DOC analyser and SEM-EDX. We are especially keen to hear from those with strong laboratory skills and experience, in particular the use of targeted LC-MS/MS techniques (including new compound method development) applied to quantify legacy and emerging pollutants of environmental concern in complex matrices.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field (i.e., environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, environmental pollution) and areas of interest may include:

  • Fate, behaviour and impacts of organic pollutants (i.e., pharmaceuticals, pesticides)
  • Targeted and non-targeted analytical approaches to quantify organic compounds in the environment
  • Water quality, pollution control and wastewater treatment
  • Biomonitoring and the impacts of pollutants on biota/wildlife/biodiversity

For further informal enquiries regarding this position, please contact mark.taggart@uhi.ac.uk, theme leader for ERI’s ‘Environmental Contamination and Ecological Health’ group.

This is an open-ended position (subject to satisfactory probationary period).

Closing date for receipt of applications is 10th of January 2022.

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