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2022-224-04692 Research Assistant in Urban Pollution

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of the Built Environment at Aalborg University’s campus in Aalborg a one-year position as research assistant at the Urban Pollution Research group is open for appointment from March 1 2023 or soon hereafter and for one year. The Department of the Built Environment focuses on the technical and scientific disciplines within the built environment. Research areas span from Indoor Environment and Energy Efficient buildings, Wind Turbines, Structural Design, Structural Materials, Geotechnical Engineering, Wave Energy to Traffic along with many other areas. The research is conducted in a national as well as an international research environment. The department takes on contract research for both public institutions and private companies. The research projects involve both theoretical research and in situ measurements along with laboratory experiments. As an employee at the Department of the Built Environment, you become a part of an international research environment, where focus is on innovation, knowledge sharing and interdisciplinary collaborations. The position is opened in the research group of urban pollution, a group that today consists of 4 tenure staff, 2 postdocs, 10 PhD students, a research assistant, a lab technician, and a handful of master students.

Job description

The research is on microplastics in various natural and technical systems, covering microplastics in marine sediments, agricultural soils, and wastewater sludge. There will also be some work on supporting the improvement of analytical methods for microplastics extraction and quantification from complex matrices such as the above mentioned. The analysis applies advanced analytical methods in terms of µFTIR hyperspectral imaging, targeting plastics down to a few micrometres in size. It is important that the applicant has experience with microplastics analysis down to such sizes and under clean and controlled conditions as well as experience on interpreting data obtained by µFTIR imaging.

We have a modern and well-equipped chemical lab for various environmental studies. The equipment we use for microplastic analysis is Agilent’s flagship for micro‐FTIR imaging, two 620 FTIR microscopes combined with Cary 670 FTIR spectrometers, equipped with 128x128 pixel FPAs. We furthermore have a Frontier Lab pyrolyzer coupled to a GC-MS, a Horiba Raman and a wide suite of supporting equipment such as a Fluid Imaging FlowCam 8400.

The position also implies data research and analysis, communication with partners, presenting research findings, and reporting. Thus, proven experience with such work is considered an advantage.

You may obtain further professional information from Jes Vollertsen,

Qualification requirements:
The candidate must hold a relevant master-degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Chemistry, or related fields. The candidate should document knowledge in the field of microplastic analysis in environmental matrices and down to the low µm scale.

The applicant must have good interpersonal and communication skills, as the project is carried out in a well-balanced work environment and close collaboration with many different stakeholders. It is beneficial if the applicant has experience in being part of international projects.

The application must contain the following: 

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • Up to date curriculum vitae
  • Copy of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and, if any, PhD) On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position.
  • References/recommendations
  • Personal data

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Camilla Bjerregaard Bock by mail or phone (+45) 9940 9582.

Appointment to Research Assistant may be for a period of up to three years. Reappointment may be made, but a Research Assistant can only be appointed to Research Assistant for a period of maximum three years. Further information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here 


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

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