Post-Doctoral Position - Environmental Analytical Chemistry - Canadian Rivers Institute - Department of Biology

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Position Type: 
Academic Opening
Closing Date: 
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Date of Posting: 
July 21, 2016
Department of Biology - Faculty of Science
Post Doctoral Position - Environmental Analytical Chemistry - Canadian Rivers Institute

The Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI; at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is seeking a highly-qualified applicant for a post-doctoral position in environmental analytical chemistry with a focus on pesticide analysis in water and sediment. The mandate of the CRI is utilize our world-class aquatic science to make every river a healthy river. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Prince Edward Island, Canada has intensive agriculture with a strong emphasis on potato production. As such, pesticide application on PEI is intensive with about 20 applications per year to the average crop and almost 50 different pesticides. The CRI at UPEI has a multi-year grant to examine toxicity of pesticides on American Lobster, amphipods, and to develop novel pesticide monitoring techniques. The successful applicant will primarily be adapting and developing extraction techniques and LC-HRMS or GS-MSD  methods for a suite of in-use pesticides including neonicotinoids, organophosphates, pyrethroids and others. This will involve working directly with graduate students in support of their projects as well as developing novel monitoring approaches for pesticides on PEI. This research will largely include examination of pesticides in water and sediment. The possibility of some research estuarine sediment geochemistry on endogenous decay and nutrient release would also be possible depending on the interest of the chosen candidate.  

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant discipline of science such as chemistry or biology. The successful applicant will be expected to have experience and publications in one or more of the following areas: environmental chemistry, environmental toxicology, environmental risk assessment, instrumental analysis, sediment geochemistry, and pesticide chemistry. Experience with mass spectrometry techniques (preferably LC-HRMS) is essential. Experience with relevant extraction techniques including liquid-liquid extraction, solid phase extraction, passive samplers, or supercritical extraction would also be assets.  Individuals must be self-motivated and able to work both independently and as an effective partner in the CRI/UPEI team examining the cumulative impacts of pesticides in the region. This post-doctoral assignment is for 1.5 years. The post-doctoral stipend will be $40,000 per annum. Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a statement of interest and the names and contact information of two referees. Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2016. The successful applicant will be expected to start in the position as soon as possible. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Michael van den Heuvel (

Applications should be sent electronically to:
Dr. Michael R. van den Heuvel
Director, Canadian Rivers Institute
University of Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown, PEI, C1A 4P3

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2016 or until a suitable candidate is identified.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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