University of Connecticut, Marine Sciences Department

Position ID:uconn-Marine Sciences Department-2019643 [#14015]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Marine Sciences
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Groton, Connecticut 06340, United States [map]
Subject Area: Marine Sciences
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/07/08, finished 2019/08/30, listed until 2019/08/27)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

A postdoctoral research associate opportunity is available to participate in an NSF-funded project focused on the interactions of inorganic and methylated mercury with nanomaterials and organic compounds. The proposed research will be particularly focused on the role of nanoparticles and selenium compounds in the fate, transport and transformation of methylmercury. The work will be laboratory-based and carried out in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Mason at the University of Connecticut (UConn), Department of Marine Sciences, Avery Point, but will involve collaboration with Dr. Jing Zhao and others in the UConn Department of Chemistry in Storrs.


We seek a motivated and experienced individual to participate in this research project who will be expected to:

  • Carry out laboratory experiments examining the interactions of inorganic and methylmercury with natural and commercial nanoparticles (metal sulfides/selenides), with a focus on the potential formation of dimethylmercury and/or elemental mercury, and contrast these with the reactions with micro-particles.
  •  Examine the impact of different thiols and selenium-containing organic molecules on the interactions on the surfaces of these nanoparticles, and the reactions occurring.
  • Analyze the samples, process, and interpret the data.
  •  Participate – as both lead author and co-author – in preparation of scientific manuscripts for publication, the preparation of proposals, and in writing reports.
  • Interact with laboratory personnel and mentor graduate and undergraduate students.


  • Doctoral degree in Marine or Environmental Chemistry or closely related field, with an emphasis on examining metal reaction processes and mechanisms.
  • Experience working with mercury analytical methods involving speciation determination by atomic fluorescence and/or ICP-MS.
  •  Knowledge of additional chemical analytical techniques for the analysis of metals, metalloids and major ions, such as chromatography, UV-VIS and fluorescence spectroscopy and elemental analysis.
  • Publications related to the minimum qualifications.
  •  Strong writing and communication skills.


  • Demonstrated experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate students and helping in their research endeavors.
  • Strong background in aquatic environmental chemistry
  • Strong analytical skills


The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal.  Salary and benefits are competitive.


Select “Apply Now” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application.  Please upload a cover letter outlining research experience and interests (maximum 3 pages), a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references.  It is preferred that applications be received by August 7, 2019.

Information about the Mason laboratory can be found at:

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2019643)

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1080 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340

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