20/04/2020
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Ph.D. In Geosciences, ITN MSCA H2020, PANORAMA (offer 11)


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon Rennes 1
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Environmental scienceEarth science
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    30/09/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Portugal › Bobadela LRS
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    35
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2020
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    under process
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    857989
  • IS THE JOB RELATED TO STAFF POSITION WITHIN A RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE?
    Yes

Ph.D. Title : REE and other heavy metals in mining and milling wastes

Research objectives

REE and other heavy metals in mining and milling wastes

Objectives: Mining and milling sites: quantification and behaviour of REE and other trace elements in surrounding water – stream sediments - soils systems

Presentation of the research project (cooperative aspect)

Text in italics (slanted) is common to all ESRs and should NOT be modified. Modify the rest (in blue) according to your ESR description.

This PhD position is within the framework of a European ITN project named PANORAMAM: EuroPean trAining NetwOrk on Rare eArth elements environMental trAnsfer: from rock to human involving 15 PhD positions.

Under the supervision of Dr. Maria Isabel Dias e Dr. Rosa Marques the PhD student will perform: a) the geochemical and mineralogical characterization of the stream sediments and soils surrounding the mining and milling sites (2 sampling campaigns in each site) ; b) the study and modeling of REE and other trace elements in waters; and c) the REE-surface interactions with stream sediments and soils minerals, particularly clay minerals, and other nanoparticles, for a better characterization of the REE mobility downstream of tailings impoundment that becomes crucial.

The project involves a strong collaboration with: Empresa de Desenvolvimento Mineiro (EDM), Portugal, for field work and sampling (2x1 month, Dr. Catarina Diamantino); University of Huelva, Spain, for field work and sampling (2x1 month, Dr. C. Ruiz); Université de Rennes, France, for REE and other trace elements analysis and modelling in waters (2x2 months, Dr. R. Marsac); synchroton SOLEIL, France, for REE-surface interactions stream sediments and soils minerals (XAS) (1 month, Dr.G. Landrot) including required research stays (secondment) during a total of 9 months.

The PhD student will be also involved in scientific/soft-skills meetings and in research activities conducted in other laboratories/companies from Europe and associated countries.

An important component of the training will be the participation to 3 main major training events:

WS1-(December 2020) REE as emerging contaminants: Properties, uses and dissemination –Germany-fundamental REE biogeochemistry and currently known anthropogenic REE inputs into the environment

SS1 (May 2021) - AMD and REE contamination mitigation - Portugal-Management and remediation solutions of AMD in old mining areas and Management of WEEE, recycling areas

WS2 - Colloids and nanoparticles as REE vectors -France- Structural characterization of colloids and nanoparticles by innovative and fine spectroscopic and scattering techniques: X-Ray absorption fluorescence and scattering, light scattering. REE interactions with bearing phases.

SS2 - (Eco)toxicology of REE –Germany- Eco)toxicological concepts and approaches, Physico-chemical properties of REE for bioavailability, ecotoxicity and environmental risk

In addition to these major milestones of the program, the PhD students will 1) continuously develop their core research skills via their own research project locally and within the network while at secondments and conferences, 2) receive a mandatory amount of hard and soft-skills training specific to their own doctoral school, along with mentoring by joint supervising bodies, 3) use conferences both as dissemination events for ESRs results and network events for progress reports and evaluations, and 4) collaborate into practical activities aimed at network-structuring legacy deliverables.

PANORAMA's research objective is to elucidate the man-induced environmental dissemination of REE and the associated effects on the environmental health. For that purpose, interdisciplinary approaches are required combining geochemistry, ecotoxicology, hydrology, chemical analysis and coupling field monitoring, original in and ex situ experimental set-up and modelling from the element speciation to the environmental impact

PANORAMA’s key aim is to set-up an optimal scientific and non-scientific training to the understanding and forecasting of the environmental impacts of new emerging pollutants such as REE.

Benefits

Benefits

With indicative financial conditions of the research project (in local currency)

  • 3-years full-time employment contract
  • Attractive salary tuned to living standards of the hosting country. Brut salary, and excluding family and mobility allowance will be around 2700 €
  • Conditional family allowance of 500€ per month (potentially subject to taxes)
  • Net mobility allowance of 600€ per month (potentially subject to taxes)
  • Based in a leading institution in Environmental Sciences in Europe, IST (36 months), with excellent staff in the area of geochemistry, mineralogy, field work and sampling, and friendly working conditions.
  • Possibility to collaborate with a large network of international research groups engaged in the ITN

Eligibility criteria

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Recruiting is in accordance with the European rules for Marie Curie Initial Training Networks. Early-stage researchers (ESR) can be of any nationality. They must be, at the time of recruitment by the host organization, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. The research career starts after the degree that enables a student to proceed with a PhD (usually, the Master degree).

Selection process

How to apply

Send your complete application before 15th June to both contacts below (application will remain open until position is filled).

 

A single pdf file needs to be submitted including:

  • a cover letter, stating your research motivation and interests; including relevant background and career plan (max 1 A4 page)
  • a Curriculum Vitae, including academic background, previous research and/or industrial experience (max 2 A4 pages)
  • Degree transcripts (with marks)
  • English language qualification certificates (or equivalent)

 

Reference letters:

  • at least 2 confidential reference letters from academics (including name, position and email address of the referee) (max 1 A4 page, with substantiated assessment of the applicant’s technical skills, creativity, innovation ability, working capacity, efficiency and level of independence) must be sent directly to the contacts below.

Additional comments

Contacts:

ESR Supervisor: isadias@ctn.tecnico.ulisboa.pt; rmarques@ctn.tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Recruitment committee: to be completed after the kick-off meeting

Project website: Created by Cordis when grant agreement will be signed

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Geosciences: Master Degree or equivalent

Skills/Qualifications

Requirements

  • The candidate should be in the first four years of their research career. They should not have a doctoral degree and fulfil the eligibility criteria and mobility rule (see below)
  • The candidate should hold or be about to obtain a Master’s degree in Earth Science or relevant field.
  • Excellent technical skills including experience in preparing environmental samples.
  • Previous experience in field work and sampling in mining and milling sites, and in geochemistry and mineralogy.
  • The ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Availability to travel for training events and research secondments.

Specific Requirements

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Recruiting is in accordance with the European rules for Marie Curie Initial Training Networks. Early-stage researchers (ESR) can be of any nationality. They must be, at the time of recruitment by the host organization, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. The research career starts after the degree that enables a student to proceed with a PhD (usually, the Master degree).

MOBILITY RULE

At the time of the recruitment by the first host institution, the ESRs must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their first host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.

Map Information

Job Work Location Personal Assistance locations
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
CENTER FOR NUCLEAR SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGIES
Portugal
Bobadela LRS
2695-066
Estrada Nacional 10

EURAXESS offer ID: 515901

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