Postdoctoral Researcher in Hydrochemistry

Location: Cork, Ireland
Deadline: 16/09/2019

We are seeking a highly motivated Post-Doctoral Researcher for a project entitled 'Proactive Optical Monitoring of Dissolved Organic Matter for Drinking Water Source Protection (PRODOM)'. The position is for 30 months with an expected start date in November 2019. The project is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (Ireland) under the 2014-2020 STRIVE programme. The Post-Doctoral Researcher will be at the centre of a multi-disciplinary research team performing a risk assessment of the sources and pathways of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) precursors, which form during chlorination of drinking water, under a range of land use types in Ireland. The research will evaluate the potential of in-situ UV-vis fluorescence spectroscopy to quantify dissolved organic matter (DOM) precursor quality/quantity and associated DBP formation potential and speciation risk in drinking water catchments. Both regulated (e.g. trihalomethanes) and currently unregulated DBPs (haloacetic acids, emerging nitrogenous species) will be considered in an Irish context. Key skills required for this project include proficiency with chemical analytical techniques including UV-Vis spectroscopy, GC-MS/IC-MS/HPLC and competence in spatiotemporal environmental monitoring programmes. The Post-Doctoral Researcher will be expected to engage with the international scientific community through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at major conferences throughout the project. The successful candidate will manage project social media accounts and is expected to reach out to the broader water resource management and end-user community in Ireland.

Applicants should hold a PhD in Earth/Environmental Science, Environmental Chemistry, Hydrology or a closely related discipline. Significant experience in statistical analysis, data management and GIS is desirable. Practical experience of in-situ of UV-Vis DOM fluorescence spectroscopy would be a distinct advantage.

This trans-disciplinary project will involve a combination of laboratory and field-based research and will be undertaken at the School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences and School of Chemistry at UCC in collaboration with the Water Science Institute of Cranfield University. The successful candidate will work within a team of hydrochemists, analytical chemists, aquatic ecologists, environmental scientists, sensor specialists and technology providers. The research project will also be integrated within wider research at the UCC Environmental Research Institute (ERI).

The School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences and the School of Chemistry are proud to hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. Advancing gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. Further details can be found on the UCC Human Resources website:

For informal inquiries and to apply Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Dr. John Weatherill at on or before the closing date 16th September 2019.

posted: 22 August 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.