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Postdoc in colloidal transport in porous media of DNA-tagged nano-particles

A Post-doctoral position (minimum of two years) is available within the Department Water Management of the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Stevinweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 40 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 3255 - € 3773 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
Postdoctoraal

Functieomschrijving

A Post-doctoral position (minimum of two years) is available within the Department Water Management of the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. The postdoc will work on on-going research of DNA-microparticles for tracing and modelling water flows and travel times in natural systems. This project aims to develop and apply innovative, robust, and environmentally friendly silica-protected iron oxide micro-particles tagged with artificial DNA to trace contaminant movement and travel times of water in natural and urban systems. Currently the group consists of 3 PhD students and 1 PostDoc.

Recently, a promising avenue for water science has seen the light: the development of inert DNA-tracers. The exceptional property of DNA-tagging is the infinite number of unique tracers that can be produced and their detectability at extreme low concentrations. Such tracers give the water sector a unique tool for in-situ mapping of transport of contaminants and pathogenic microorganisms in water systems and (alternative) drinking water production sites (e.g. groundwater, river bank filtration).

 

Objectives

The objective is to quantify the behavior of a set of tailored DNA-tracers which will advance environmental research in general and water research and knowledge in particular. The post-doc plays a crucial role in testing the DNA-tagged nano-particles. The specific tasks are:

  • Perform, analyse and supervise laboratory column experiments of the artificial nano-particles and compare its behavior to pathogenic microorganism
  • Model transport of the nano-particle through porous media
  • Improve recovery rate and protocols of the DNA-tagged tracer
  • Provide input for tailoring DNA-tracer particle for specific applications

The work is carried out at IHE Delft (dr. Foppen) and Delft University of Technology (dr. Bogaard). The work is performed in close collaboration with several labs in Europe (e.g. ETH-Zurich, NTNU Trondheim, University Barcelona, UPC Barcelona.). Work visits to these labs are foreseen

Functie-eisen

The candidate is required to have:

  • A PhD degree in colloidal transport in porous media
  • Ample experience in a relevant laboratory environment
  • Fluent in English, both in writing and speech
  • Proven ability to work independently and experience with supervision of MSc-PhD students
  • Proven record of scientific publishing

It is expected that the successful candidate will participate in all meetings and workshops organized by the research group. The candidate must be willing to disseminate the results within the project during the meetings, but also and in particular through

Conditions

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Thom Bogaard, email t.a.bogaard@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, proof of English language proficiency, abstract of your dr thesis (1 page),  along with a letter of application in a single PDF file entitled “CiTG19.65_Lastname.pdf” by November 15, 2019 to Dr. Bogaard via, Recruitment-CiTG@tudelft.nl.

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