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Marie Curie Fellow (Early Stage Career Researcher) Fixed Term for 3 Years


Salary:  Starting from £29,500
Closing Date:  Saturday 15 December 2012
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  VH1326

ITN SEWPROF: Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in Environmental Sciences

A fully funded Marie Curie Early Career Researcher position is available for a fixed term of three years to undertake research on enantiomeric profiling of chiral biomarkers. This position is part of the European Marie Curie ‘SEWPROF’ Initial Training Network.


The project will involve the development and application of methodology for enantiomeric profiling of chiral biomarkers in wastewater as an aid to understanding human exposure to chiral xenobiotic substances. The successful candidate will explore enantiomeric profiling for the estimation of community-wide (illicit) drug use and in the wider context of chiral toxicants/pollutants analysis in wastewater. Chiral-liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry will be used for target analysis of chiral compounds, their metabolites and transformation by-products and screening of unknowns at enantiomeric level.


The successful candidate will have a good degree in a relevant discipline related to chemistry, analytical or environmental science. It is expected that the successful applicant would register for a PhD degree and will undertake research at more than one institution and be exposed to more than one research environment and working culture including public and private research institutions.

 The successful candidate must satisfy the eligibility requirements for an Early Stage Researcher under the European Commission Framework 7 Early Stage Training Scheme:

Early Stage Researchers must be (at the time of recruitment by the host organisation): in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged’

 ‘Conditions of Mobility of Researchers

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date’.


A full employment contract. Benefits associated with Marie Curie Fellowships including full social security, mobility and travel allowances, and a career exploratory allowance.

Informal enquiries can be made to:

Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern; Email:    Tel: +44(0) 1225 385013;

This post is available from the 1st March 2013, and is for a period of 3 years.





The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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