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[Met-jobs] Postdoc and PhD position at University of Bern

From Soenke Szidat <>
Date Wed, 10 Aug 2011 09:00:59 +0200

Postdoc Position at new Radiocarbon Laboratory of University of Bern

Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) allows the determination of the long-lived radioisotope 14C (radiocarbon) in environmental and archeological samples. At the University of Bern, a new 14C AMS laboratory will be set up within the next 12 months in collaboration with ETH Zurich. This includes the assembly of a small AMS called MICADAS, the development of a modified inlet system for direct gas feeding to the ion source of the MICADAS, the implementation of a sample preparation laboratory for routine 14C dating, and the establishment of collaboration network within the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research of the University of Bern and beyond. For details see attachment.

PhD Position: Radiocarbon Analysis of Carbonaceous Aerosols

Carbonaceous particles comprise a large fraction of the atmospheric aerosol and, therefore, badly affect climate and human health. However, only a small fraction could have been identified and apportioned to emission sources so far. For this purpose, measurements of the long-lived radioisotope 14C (radiocarbon) with accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) have become a unique and powerful tool. Your task will be to improve existing analytical procedures of 14C measurement of aerosol filter samples including advanced instrumental development. After successful realization, you will investigate emission sources of carbonaceous aerosols in combination with other state-of-the-art analytical techniques. For details see attachment.

PD Dr. Soenke Szidat
Laboratory for Radiochemistry and Environmental Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Freiestrasse 3
CH-3012 Bern

Attachment: Postdoc_University of Bern_Radiocarbon Lab.pdf
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Attachment: PhD_University of Bern_Radiocarbon analysis of carbonaceous aerosols.pdf
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