PDF #2: Tracking the remediation of N-containing contaminants with Compound Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA)

Job Type
Post-Doc
Job Institution
University of Toronto
Job Description

Project description
Also check: https://www.labs.chem-eng.utoronto.ca/passeport/

Compound Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA) has shown tremendous potential to track the fate of contaminants in the environment. We have developed methods for CSIA of benzotriazole a corrosion-inhibitor (Wu et al. 2021), and substituted chlorobenzenes, used in the manufacturing of various chemicals (Suchana et al. 2023). The postdoctoral fellow will design and conduct experiments to quantify the extent of isotope fractionation during abiotic and biotic transformation of these chemicals in surface water environments. Field experiments can also be conducted, and samples from a contaminated area will be extracted and analyzed for stable C, H, and N isotopes.

Apply by: June 1, 2023 (open until filled)
Lab: Professor Elodie PASSEPORT’s lab, University of Toronto
Collaborators: Corteva, Geosyntec, Jacobs
Duration: One year with potential for renewal

Requirements
– 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
– Experience using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, HPLC/UV, and/or LC/MS
– Experience with handling, preparation, and purification of samples for analysis of organic chemicals
Desirable additional qualifications
– Experience using isotope ratio mass spectrometry

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

References
Wu L, Suchana S, Passeport E. 2021, Water Research DOI:10.1016/j.watres.2021.117519
Suchana S, Wu L, Passeport E. 2023, ACS Analytical Chemistry DOI:10.1021/acs.analchem.2c05099