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Traceability of Hg speciation measurements in the atmosphere.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, February 29, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Accurate and precise determination of Hg species in the atmosphere are required to understand the fate, transformation and global transportation of Hg. Currently, air monitoring networks are setup to determine total, particulate, oxidized and elemental forms of Hg. The accuracy of these measurements and integrity of sampling arrangements is currently in question as traceable calibration sources for each form of Hg at appropriate atmospheric concentration ranges have yet to be developed and installed in the field.


To develop, establish and implement a traceable calibration methodology for oxidized Hg species; to study, develop and compare different methods of measuring oxidized Hg; to accurately compare total Hg concentrations in generated standard gases for elemental Hg and oxidized Hg; to develop and evaluate optimal sampling procedures for particulate, oxidized and elemental Hg; to apply the developed methodologies to test and validate new and existing methods for on-line Hg measurement under field conditions. Collaboration with ESRs 1, 2, 7, 8.

Expected Results

Validated calibration sources for Hg(0) and Hg(II) for low level gaseous Hg measurements. Expanded uncertainty budgets for atmospheric Hg speciation measurements. Validated and tested protocols applied at observation stations and cruises (2 papers).

Planned secondments

VSL (I. Krom), 1 month, traceable calibration sources for Hg(0) and Hg(II); JSI, (M. Horvat), 2x2 months, training on Hg speciation using conventional techniques, calibration sources and testing, Lumex (S.Mashyanov), 1 month, direct testing of Hg(II) calibration device for Hg(II) using modified Lumex Zeeman AAS instruments.

Eligibility Criteria

GMOS-Train is looking for a broad international representation of early stage researchers. The network clearly acknowledges its responsibility for the recruitment of the researchers,
their working and living conditions, as stated in the document “The European Charter for Researchers - Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”. Gender equality and
minority rights will also be promoted in the selection process. There is no age limit.


The positions are open to all nationalities. However, your application has to comply with the European Commission’s Mobility Rules, meaning that at the time of recruitment you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the
country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date (indicative start of the employment contract, Month Date 2020).
Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account (European Commission’s Guide for Applicants).

Early-stage Researcher (ESR)

In case you have already gained prior work experience in academia, you shall be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career at the
time of recruitment by the host organisation and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when you
obtained the degree entitling you to embark on a doctorate, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged. Part-time research experience will be counted pro-rata (European
Commission’s Guide for Applicants).

Relevant University Degree

Master’s degree or equivalent in Environmental and Health Science or related fields.

Selection Process

In case an individual researcher is interested in several advertised ESR projects, he/she may apply for a maximum of three specific ESR projects and list their order
of preference.

The selection committee will check applications against the following criteria:

- Scientific background and potential as indicated by candidate experience.
- Fit to a research project.
- Evidence of ability to undertake research.
- Evidence of working within groups or teams.
- Impact and benefit of the proposed training to the candidate’s research career.

Three candidates will be short-listed for each research project and invited to an interview (interviews by video link will be held if candidates are not able to travel).

Interviews will consist of two parts:
1) a short presentation by the candidate followed by questions and answers, and
2) competence-based interview.

How to apply

Please find details about the ESR project descriptions, application process and modalities at http://www.gmos-train.eu.

All applications must be submitted by means of on-line application on the official GMOS-Train project website: https://www.gmos-train.eu/esr/projects/esr-application-form/

Deadline for application is February 29th 2020.

Funding Notes

Prestigious EU fellowship.

Highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions.

Excellent training programme covering health and environment science and state-of-the-art technologies.

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