Are you interested in forensic analytical chemistry and looking for a challenging PhD project? Then we may have the ideal position for you! In the Analytical Chemistry-group that is at the forefront in the field of multidimensional separation methods, mass spectrometry and forensic applications of analytical chemistry, we are looking for a motivated PhD student, who under the direct supervision of prof dr Arian van Asten will work on developing novel analytical chemistry methods for the chemical profiling of explosive precursors and for trace transfer and persistency studies of explosives. Your PhD research is part of an EU H2020 project and you will interact with and present your results to the project partners in the consortium led by FOI, the Swedish Defence Research Agency. You will conduct your research in the laboratories of the various Dutch partners in the project, including the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), TNO Rijswijk and IBED at UvA Science Park.
What are you going to do?
In the recently granted European H2020 project INHERIT (INHibitors, Explosives and pRecursors InvesTigation) an expert consortium led by the Swedish Defence Research Agency will develop strategies to hamper and prevent the abuse of explosives for terrorist attacks. Your PhD research is part of an INHERIT work package, led by the University of Amsterdam, focusing on pre-blast forensics. In close collaboration with IBED, TNO and NFI, you will develop novel chemical profiling strategies for the important precursors perchlorate and chlorate salts and nitric and sulfuric acid. Additionally, you will conduct trace transfer and persistency studies of intact explosive residues. To this end you will use various analytical chemistry techniques such as IRMS, ICP-MS, XRF, GC-MS, LC-MS, IC-MS and CE-MS.
What do we require?
- A MSc degree in Chemistry and/or Forensic Science;
- A strong background in analytical chemistry;
- Practical experience in one or more of the following analytical/MS techniques is a pre : IRMS, LC-MS, GC-MS, IC, CE, ICP-MS and XRF;
- Experience with forensic science principles and forensic case work is a pre;
- Excellent communication skills in English;
- We need a real team player and good communicator;
- We need a talented young scientist that can work independently;
- Candidates should be self-motivated, eager to learn and energetic.
An employment contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting on1 September 2021.
Because of the duration of the EU project, the contract cannot be offered as part-time job. Because of the start of the EU project, significant delays, e.g. because of visa request procedures are unfavorable.
A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.
The position is available now, we will recruit until a suitable candidate has been found.
The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week), exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favorable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.
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The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.
The Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences is one of eight institutes within the Faculty of Science (FNWI) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). HIMS performs internationally recognized chemistry and molecular research, curiosity driven as well as application driven. This is done in close cooperation with the chemical, flavour & food, medical and high-tech industries. Research is organised into four themes: Synthesis & Catalysis, Analytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry and Molecular Photonics. The current PhD position sits within the Analytical Chemistry team.
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The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.
Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 2 July 2021. You can apply online by using the link below.
Applications in a single .pdf should include:
- a motivation letter;
- a CV, including a list of publications;
- the names of two referees.
Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. For this position it is required that the preferred candidate will pass the national (VGB C) and the EU (PSC) security screening. If you apply for this position, we assume that you have no objection to participating in these screening procedures. You are kindly requested not to apply if you object to participating in these screening procedures.