PhD position in Environmental Analytical Chemistry Focusing on Non-Target Screening of Micropollutants in Water

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Uppsala, , SE

Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment

The Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment ( is a competence center for applied environmental science and has national responsibility for assessing the conditions of Swedish surface waters with respect to water chemistry, pollution and aquatic biota. The department is part of SLU’s Soil-Water-Environment Center and has about 130 employees. The research focuses on geochemical and hydrological processes, aquatic ecology and biodiversity, as well as environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology. The department houses well-equipped laboratories for chemical and biological analyses of environmental samples. The campus area (Ultuna) is located in Uppsala, 35 km north of Stockholm Arlanda international airport. 

Project description:

The project (DANTE) is financed by the Swedish Research Council Formas. It aims to identify chemicals driving toxicity in the aquatic environment and to perform assessment of effects caused by complex mixtures of micropollutants occurring in the environment. Chemical pollution of the aquatic environment is an urgent problem both for aquatic organisms as well as human health since many water sources are used for drinking water production. While tens of thousands of chemicals are circulating in the environment, the regulatory agencies are in urgent need to identify compounds or complex mixtures that can cause toxicity.


We are seeking for a PhD student who will expand the knowledge of drivers of toxicity in water at a molecular level. To reach this aim, you will develop and apply effect-directed analysis (EDA) workflows including fractionation of polar organic micropollutants and target, suspect and non-target screening using liquid-chromatograph coupled with high-resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS). The duties also include collaboration with toxicologists, environmental sampling, extraction of aqueous environmental samples, processing of large data sets, data analysis, statistical evaluation and scientific manuscript writing in English. You will work in an international, interdisciplinary team consisting of several senior researchers and PhD students. You will also be coworker in a larger research group focusing on environmental organic chemistry (


Applicants shall hold a MSc in analytical or environmental chemistry, or equivalent. Specialisation towards analysis of micropollutants in water and experience with liquid-chromatograph coupled with mass spectrometry (LC-MS) or high-resolution MS (suspect and non-target screening) are highly valuable merits. Data processing skills using statistical computing and graphics, e.g. R and MATLAB, are of merits too. Previous experience with chemical analytical laboratory work and/or suspect and non-target screening methods for identification of chemical hazards is desirable. Emphasis is also placed on personal characteristics such as interpersonal skills, analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently. Proficiency in English (spoken and written) is required.

Place of work:      


Forms for funding or employment:

Employment 4 years

Starting date:

1st of July 2021


We welcome your application no later than 2021-05-10, use the button below.

A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dissertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant’s qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photography.

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Academic union representatives:

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Lutz Ahrens

Senior Lecturer


[email protected]





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