Michigan State University Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences seeks two postdoctoral research associates to conduct EPA- and USDA-funded projects to study the occurrence, sorption, transport, plant uptake and risk assessment of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). The research includes the studies on analysis of PFAS and PPCPs in biosolids, sorption and transport in soils, plant uptake of PFAS and PPCPs, and the associated risk assessment. The experiments will be conducted in laboratory, greenhouse, and field trial plots. Research activities include, but not limited to, analytical method development, data collection from wet chemistry experiments, data analysis, elucidation of fundamental mechanism, preparation of reports, manuscripts and proposals, and presentation of research at local, regional, and national meetings. Postdoctoral research associate will also help supervise graduate and undergraduate students, manage laboratory operation, interact with collaborators on field trials, and stakeholder and community engagement. These positions are available immediately through the grants from our recently EPA- and USDA-funded projects. The postdoctoral associate position will be appointed for one year, and be possibly renewable depending on funding status and working visa permit. A Ph.D. in soil chemistry, environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental engineering, plant science, or a related discipline is required. Experience in PFAS analysis using LC-MS/MS and analytical method development is preferred. The successful candidate should have the demonstrated ability to design experiments to test hypothesis, conduct independent research, and publish manuscript(s) in peer-reviewed journals.
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Doctorate -Soil/Environmental/Analytical Chemistry/
A Ph.D. in soil chemistry, environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental engineering, plant science, or a related discipline is required. Experience in PFAS analysis using LC-MS/MS and analytical method development is preferred. The successful candidate should have the demonstrated ability to design experiments to test hypothesis, conduct independent research, and publish manuscript(s) in peer-reviewed journals.
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Summary of Physical Demands
Lifting up to 10lbs from Waist up to 30"
Carrying 20lb up to 100 feet
Summary of Health Risks
Exposure to organic solvents, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, pharmaceuticals
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