Environmental Chemistry

Job Type
Job Rank
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Job Institution
University of Michigan
Job Description

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your CV. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that relate to this position.


The Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position under the guidance of Dr. Katherine Manz. The position offers an opportunity to pursue research on environmental exposures and environmental chemistry with an emphasis on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Manz lab investigates chemical transformation in the environment, develops remediation technologies to minimize pollutant exposure, and uses advanced analytical chemistry to detect previously unidentified environmental exposures in humans.

The postdoctoral fellows primary research focus will be in environmental chemistry, specifically understanding natural abiotic chemical transformation in the environment. The postdoc will gain experience use state-of-the-art analytical chemistry techniques in the wet laboratory, including liquid chromatography high-resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS), Combustion Ion Chromatography (CIC), and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (EPR). Specifically, the goal of the project is to use EPR to study radical formation in waters and soils. This position is for a one year term. A second year is possible with sufficient progress shown and availability of funding.


The research fellow will work on the following project elements:

-Development of lab-based protocols for monitoring radical species using EPR.

-Data analysis on PFAS and/or non-targeted HRMS data for manuscript development.

-Assist with mentoring and supporting student trainees.

Required Qualifications*
The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering, analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, chemical engineering, or related fields.

Candidates with previous laboratory experiences in PFAS transformation, analytical chemistry (Such as LC-HRMS and EPR), remediation, and water and soil chemistry are highly desirable. The successful candidate must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and an ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Additional Information

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic employee with a commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all members of our community.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.