Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemical Alternatives Assessment

Ref. No. SU FV-1510-23

The Department of Environmental Science is one of the biggest departments at the Faculty of Science with about 150 employees. The teaching in the department focuses on environmental science. The main research areas are biogeochemistry, atmospheric science, analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology.

Project description In this project you will identify alternatives to the uses of persistent and mobile (PM) substances (including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)) and build an alternatives database in collaboration with other researchers. You will also carry out chemical alternative assessments for selected uses of PM substances and PFAS substances using existing and newly developed methods.

The employee will work in a team consisting of several senior researchers and three PhD students. The postdoctoral fellow would be part of a research group under the unit for “Contaminant Chemistry” led by Ian Cousins.

This postdoctoral project will be funded by the ZeroPM project. ZeroPM is a research project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program that runs from October 2021 to October 2026. ZeroPM focuses on persistent and mobile substances. Many collaboration opportunities exist within the ZeroPM consortium.

Main responsibilities The research will be desk based and the employee will; search and review the scientific literature, build an online database, conduct chemical alternative assessments and write research papers.

Qualification requirements Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria The degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or service/assignments relevant to the subject area.In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills and your ability to successfully complete the project. Your PhD should be in environmental chemistry, environmental science or a field closely related to the project. Experience in performing chemical alternatives assessment, hazard assessment of chemicals, life cycle impact assessment and/or using QSAR models is advantageous. High competence in written and oral communication in English is a prerequisite.

Terms of employment The position involves full-time employment for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

ContactFurther information about the position can be obtained from Professor Ian Cousins, telephone: +46 8 16 40 12, cell phone: +46 72 148 92 32,

Union representativesIngrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/OFR), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).

ApplicationApply for the position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing: – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement – why and how you wish to complete the project – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 11/06/2023