The position is part of the BMBF project MicroCatch_Balt (One System: Analysis Microplastics Sinks and Sources from a typical Catchment area to the open Baltic). The interdisciplinary project explores sources, sinks and the ecological impact of microplastics in the catchment area of the river Warnow. The task of the position is the development of effective sampling, processing, analysis and identification methods of micro- and mesoplastics. Focus will be the processing of micro- and mesoplastics in sediment, beach and water samples. The prerequisite is that the applicant already has theoretical and practical experience in this field. Part of the position will also be the organisation and set-up of lab and field-work, project management, and the supervision of students. It is expected that the candidate regularly publishes in scientific journals, presents the project results on scientific conferences and represents IOW in national German thematic working groups. The interdisciplinary project character requires flexibility and willingness to work as part of a team.
The successful candidate is required to have a PhD in environmental sciences, aquatic sciences and technologies, or comparable. Prerequisite is that the applicant has theoretical and practical experience in micro- and mesoplastic research. Expertise with instruments like electroseparator (KWS), MicroPhazir and MPSS are highly desirable. Experience in the organization of laboratory and field work are required. Knowledge in scientific writing and presentation are a pre-condition. Fluent English and German speaking and writing skills and the ability to work well in a team are expected.