Post-Doc : 3-DIMENSIONAL FLUORESCENCE OF SOLID ORGANIC MATTER (MOS) OBTAINED IN WHOLE-SOIL SAMPLES : METHODOLOGICAL CHALLENGE
Home Institution : Center for Nuclear Energy in Agriculture, University of São Paulo (www.cena.usp.br) (Piracicaba,SP, Brazil), NUPEGEL and Institute of Energy and Environment - IEE/USP (www.iee.usp.br) (São Paulo, SP, Brazil)Supervisor : Célia Regina Montes (Professor at CENA/USP)
Project Scope : Characterization of the soil organic matter and its dynamics are essential for understanding the processes associated with the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Spectroscopic methods, including fluorescence techniques such as LIFS (laser induced fluorescence spectroscopy) and UV-Vis EEMFS (excitation-emission matrix UV-visible fluorescence spectrometry), are powerful tools for characterizing the soil organic matter when extracted and in solution. Difficulties arise when fluorimetry is performed directly on solid, bulk soil samples. Large amounts of OM, characterized by dark grey or black colors, interfere with the fluorescence emission of the solid, causing a weak or even zero emission response. In the case of low amounts of OM, the solid phase emission-absorbing interactions with the OM emissions are unknown. The objective of this postdoc is to elucidate the physical and chemical processes involved in the mechanisms of solid matter fluorescence in organic soils and to develop a methodology allowing their use.
Desirable Skills : As a multidisciplinary project, we wish a researcher with combined skills in spectroscopic characterization of soil organic matter. The candidate must be familiar with UV-Vis EEMFS applied to solid samples. Competencies in signal processing, optics and natural organic matter chemistry are welcome. The integration of the postdoc with other researchers involved in the project is desirable.
How to Apply : Applications will be made exclusively by e-mail, with the documentation attached. Applications should be directed to Prof. Dr. Célia Regina Montes (firstname.lastname@example.org) until November 05 2017. For application, please attach to the e-mail :
i) Motivation Letter,
ii) Two reference letters ;
iii) Curriculum Vitae with published articles and evidencing the abilities to conduce the project.
Selection : The selection will be made primarily based on the curriculum of the candidates and motivation letter and further by the personal or video conference interviewing process (maximum of 6 candidates selected for this stage), where the abilities in the issues will be verified and also other commonalities will be iscussed.
Result of Selection : December 08 2017
Starting Date : March 1st 2018 (duration of 2 years, with possible extension for 1 additional year)