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The Institute of Resource Ecology (IRE) performs research to protect humans and the environment from hazards caused by pollutants resulting from technical processes that produce energy and raw materials. One major goal is gaining a better understanding of fundamental processes defining transport and accumulation of radiotoxic elements in the geo- and biosphere including the food chain.
The Department of Surface Processes is looking for a
PhD student (f/m/d) Technetium interaction with metabolites and Fe(II) minerals
The position will be available from 1 April 2023. The employment contract is limited to three years.
Tc is the lightest element with only radioactive isotopes. Its molecular interactions in the environment are poorly understood. The Ph.D. studies will focus on the interaction of Tc with metabolites and with Fe(II) minerals. Moreover, the impact of metabolites on mineral dissolution will be studied. The interactions will be comprehensively quantified and characterized to identify the Tc molecular structure in solution and the mechanism responsible for Tc removal by minerals.
The PhD studies are part of the BMBF funded young investigator group (02NUK072) “Wechselwirkung von Technetium mit Mikroorganismen, Metaboliten und an Mineral-Wasser Grenzflächen – Radioökologische Betrachtungen” (“Interactions of Technetium with microorganism, metabolites and at the mineral-water interface – radioecological considerations”). The aim of the young investigator group is to characterize the interaction of Tc with occurring material in the biosphere (microorganisms, metabolites and minerals) under complex conditions using a variety of spectroscopic techniques as well as wet chemistry and electrochemistry.”