Assistant Professor in Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen

Updated: 5 months ago
Deadline: 23 Apr 2017

A part-time position is open in a project assessing bidirectional exchange of reactive hydrocarbons between arctic ecosystems and the atmosphere. In this project, we will conduct laboratory and field experiments in order to get a better understanding of the controls of emission and deposition of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs). BVOCs will be measured using proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) to assess the temporal patterns, environmental controls and the diversity of the compounds exchanged.

The main tasks for the Assistant Professor will be to develop experimental setups for real-time BVOC measurements by PTR-TOF-MS instrument, to conduct PTR-MS measurements including relevant problem-solving and calibration, and to analyze complex PTR-TOF datasets by dedicated software.   

The position is for 9.25 hours per week and it will be filled for two years and 7 months. The work will be carried out at Terrestrial Ecology Section, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen. The position is to be filled June 1st, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

We are looking for an expert in online measurements of BVOCs with experience in analysis of PTR-TOF-MS data with the following mandatory qualities:

  • PhD in Meteorology or similar
  • Hands-on expertise with independent handling of PTR-MS instruments in the laboratory and in the field
  • Experience in PTRwid software.
  • Experience in Arctic field work
  • Fluency in English

For further information, contact: Professor Riikka Rinnan by mail:



  • The application must contain:
  • Motivated letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Contact details of 2 persons for references

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

Salary and terms of employment:
Terms of employment and payment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). For Assistant Professors the salary is based on seniority and is currently between DKK 32,745 and DKK 34,476 full-time and between DKK 8,186 and DKK 8,619 part-time per month plus pension contribution and the possibility to negotiate further supplement.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Please forward your application via the job portal of The University of Copenhagen at Job Portal . Press “APPLY NOW” to fill in the application form. The deadline for the application is 23rd of April, 2017 at 11:59 PM CET.

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