PhD Scholarship in Radiochemistry and Environmental Radioactivity

DTU Nutech
Tuesday 09 Jan 18

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Develop radiochemical and speciation methods, and perform environmental tracer studies

A position as PhD student in radiochemistry and environmental radioactivity is available in the Radioecology Section, Hevesy Laboratory Division at the Center for Nuclear Technologies (DTU Nutech), at DTU Risø Campus, Roskilde, Denmark.

About 40 employees work in the Division with 15 employees in the Radioecology Section. Work in the Section covers research on radioactivity in marine and terrestrial environments, monitoring programmes and risk assessment of environmental radioactivity, commercial analytical services, public-sector consultancy and innovation covering application and development of radioanalytical methods.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • Development of radiochemical analysis methods for uranium isotopes (238U, 236U and 233U) in marine and terrestrial samples using chemical separation combined with mass spectrometry measurement
  • Development of speciation analysis methods for uranium isotopes (238U, 236U, 233U) in marine and terrestrial samples using chromatography, sequential extraction combined with radiochemical analysis
  • On-site sampling and environmental tracer studies for 238U, 236U and 233U (e.g., in the Baltic Sea) via radiochemical and speciation analysis using the developed methods, as well as data interpretation and modelling

A strong professional background in chemistry, alongside an innovative mindset

Applicant should have a Master degree with professional background in chemistry, with professional background and experience within one or more of the following fields:
  • Inorganic chemical analysis
  • Radiochemistry
  • Mass spectrometric techniques (e.g. ICP-MS, AMS)
  • Environmental radioactivity
  • Computer programing and modelling
  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Marine chemistry
Applicant should be diligent, talented and able to communicate scientific results in English both orally and in writing. He/she must be able to work both in a team and individually. A preferred applicant has an excellent academic track record, solid research experience and is highly motivated towards developing new technology and making scientific breakthroughs.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programs of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to:
  • Technical qualification and background
  • Innovative skills and the ability to fulfill independent tasks
  • Potential ability to be an excellent researcher
We offer
  • An highly qualified international working environment with state-of-the-art facilities
  • Interesting and challenging job
  • Membership for all employees in the collective group life and accident insurance
  • State pension fund

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The primary place of work is the Radioecology Section, Hevesy Laboratory at DTU Nutech and the work period will be from 1st April 2018 or later upon agreement for three years.

Further information
For further information, please contact Head of Section Jixin Qiao, +45 4677 5367,

Please submit your online application no later than 5 March 2018 (local time). Apply online at

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • Motivation letter (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae with list of publications
  • Grade transcripts and diploma of BSc and MSc
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Recommendation letter from senior professionals are welcomed. Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.