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Job advertisement Postdoctoral Associate Position Available to Assess PFAS Precursor Transformation in Agricultural Soils

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Postdoctoral Associate Position Available to Assess PFAS Precursor Transformation in Agricultural Soils

Postdoctoral Associate Position Available to Assess PFAS Precursor Transformation in Agricultural Soils

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University of Tübingen

The Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen is one of Europe’s oldest universities. Several hundred years of history in the sciences and humanities have been written here. The University’s history began in 1477, when Count Eberhard “the Bearded” of Württemberg founded the University. In Tübingen’s historical center there is hardly a building or a square that is not linked to a renowned scholar. Tübingen today remains a place of research and teaching. In addition to the nearly 86,000 inhabitants, there are some 28,500 German and international students. Some 450 professors and more than 4000 other academic staff teach at the University’s seven faculties. Tübingen is a comprehensive university and one of the eleven German “Excellence Universities”.


Tübingen, Germany


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)

Full time

Entry level

4188 - 4748 € / Month, The PostDoc position is available for 2 years (minimum) is offered at 100% E13 (

Required education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

21 September 2022

Job description

The Department of Geosciences, in the Faculty of Science, at the University of Tübingen has a Postdoctoral Associate position available with an immediate start date. The successful candidate will join the Hydrogeochemistry research group of Dr. Peter Grathwohl, Professor (, and will work with Dr. Alexander Arthur Haluska (, Senior Research Associate in the Hydrochemistry group to conduct work to: (1) assess production rates of PFAS during the transformation of precursor compounds in agricultural top soils and (2) identify biogeochemical factors, microbial and/or abiotic processes and pathways relevant to seasonal transformation of PFAS precursors, and optional (3) to identify and quantify the abundance dynamics of core and seasonal microbial taxa.

PFAS analysis will include liquid and solid matrices, combining quantification of target analytes and suspect screening to explore a wider range of compounds. Microbial analysis could include sequencing or qPCR in collaboration with the Center of Quantitative Biology. While familiarity with molecular tools is a plus it is NOT a REQUIREMENT to be successful in the position. The position is ideal for a person interested in the intersection between the environmental systems and biogeochemical characteristics with a focus on the physicochemical factors that influence PFAS production and release in soils.

Candidates with a PhD in environmental engineering, environmental chemistry, or applied analytical chemistry, or similar will be considered. Candidates should have:

PhD in a relevant field as listed.

A record of scientific publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Experience with high resolution mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) and interpretation of resultant data.

Experience with microcosm studies.

Familiarity or willing to learn some fundamental molecular biology tools.

Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks.

Ability to manage data sets and conduct statistical analyses.

Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

Interest in mentoring graduate students and undergraduate researchers.

How to apply

Interested applicants should only contact Dr. Hauska via email ( with a cover letter addressing their suitability for the position based on the description contained in this posting, a copy of their current CV, and contact information for two professional references. Candidates will have at least one virtual meeting.

The universities seek to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women to apply. Disabled persons will be preferred in case of equal qualification.

The opening is immediate. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. A full application must be received prior to any start date.

Contact information is below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Alexander Haluska
Department of Geoscience
University of Tübingen
Schnarrenbergstr. 94-96
72076 Tübingen, Germany