PDF #1: Remediation of radioactive-strontium contaminated wetlands

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University of Toronto
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Also check: https://www.labs.chem-eng.utoronto.ca/passeport/

Strontium-90 (90Sr) has a high mobility and a half-life of 28.8 years. It can be easily transported to/from groundwater to/from surface water. We are interested in identifying hydrological and biogeochemical conditions that could help remediate 90Sr-contaminated wetlands. Building on our previous work (Boyer et al. 2018a; 2018b), the postdoctoral fellow will conduct laboratory experiments at the Chalk River labs to quantify the sorption capacity of the wetland sediments. The postdoctoral fellow will also conduct continuous-flow experiments to evaluate hydrological regimes that can support the controlled release of 90Sr, and propose strategies for the downstream capture of 90Sr. The postdoctoral fellow will also contribute to the development of a reactive transport model for 90Sr at the wetland sediment – water interface.

Apply by: June 1, 2023 (open until filled)
Lab: Professor Elodie PASSEPORT’s lab, University of Toronto
Collaborator: Canadian Nuclear Labs at Chalk River, ON
Duration: Two years

– Valid driving license in Ontario (or ability to get it immediately)
– Excellent oral and written English communication skills
– Ability to work independently and follow the highest standards of lab safety practices
– Training in one or more of the following areas: contaminant transport & fate, environmental engineering, chemistry, hydrology

Desirable additional qualifications
– Experience setting up batch or soil column experiments in the lab
– Experience in modelling and statistical data analysis

Application process: send an email to elodie.passeport@utoronto.ca with the following:
– a cover letter
– CV with a complete list of publications
– the name and contact information of at least two academic references
– a statement confirming ability to drive in Ontario.

Boyer et al. 2018a, Water Research DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2018.01.026
Boyer et al. 2018b, ES&T DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b01876