Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Position in Model-Assisted Interpretation of Isotope Data in Contaminant Hydrogeology at VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

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The Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences (FALW), VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands), offers a range of Bachelor and Master programmes. Research at the faculty focuses on the fields of the life sciences, health sciences, environmental sciences and earth sciences. World-class teaching and cutting-edge research activities go hand in hand. FALW works together with other faculties like medicine, exact sciences, economics, psychology and social sciences. The faculty’s research facilities can be categorized as excellent. The faculty’s international focus fosters cross-border collaboration, leading to substantially improved quality and greater impact of our research results. The Hydrology research group of the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences has a vacancy for one PhD-position within the EU Marie Curie ITN ‘CSI:ENVIRONMENT’. Description of the project CSI:ENVIRONMENT ‘Isotope forensics meets biogeochemistry: linking sources and sinks of organic contaminants by compound specific isotope investigation’ trains 16 early stage researchers in a collaborative EU Marie Curie ITN project consisting of 10 partners from 9 European countries. The project aims to develop novel methods for multi element isotope analysis, to improve understanding of isotope fractionation processes, and to develop mathematical models for quantification of transformation reactions of organic contaminants and identify their sources in various environmental compartments based on isotope analysis. The ESRs in the project started around May 2011. This ESR position has become available due to the resignation of one of the fellows.

-A relevant academic Masters degree in the field of Environmental Sciences, Hydrology, Earth Sciences, Engineering or similar. -research experience. -proven skills in numerical modelling of reactive/solute transport and modelling of groundwater flow; experience with scientific programming in Python, MATLAB, R or similar; basic knowledge on isotope geochemistry. -proficiency in both written and spoken English. -good communication skills and ability to work in a team.

Deadline: September 2, 2012

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