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Open position on environmental modelling at the ECRA Unit

09/09/2019 Comments Off on Open position on environmental modelling at the ECRA Unit By inca

The Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Risk Assessment (ECRA) Unit ( at the Department of Informatics, Environmental Science and Statistics of the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice is looking for a motivated and talented candidate with a degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering or related subjects with experience on research activities and/or consultancy on the following topics, applied to both traditional and emerging pollutants:

  1. Emissions inventories
  2. Fate and transport models
  3. Bioaccumulation models

The PhD title is considered an asset to the position.

The contract will cover a period of 12 months, with possible annual extensions up to 36 months, starting in December 2019/January 2020.

The candidate will work within two research projects:

  • a national project, Venezia2021, focused on anthropogenic impacts on Venice lagoon ecosystems;
  • an EU project (funded by H2020 programme), focused on the impacts of ship emission control techniques on aquatic ecosystems of the Venice lagoon and Adriatic Sea coastal areas.

The fellowship will cover the following tasks:

  • Assessment of emissions to Venice lagoon of different types of emerging pollutants (pharmaceuticals, plant protection products, industrial chemicals, cosmetics, etc.), selected according to the outcomes of previous and on-going monitoring campaigns;
  • Development and application of fate&transport models for estimating concentrations of target chemicals (priority or emerging substances) in environmental compartments in the Lagoon of Venice and Adriatic Sea coastal areas;
  • Application of bioaccumulation models to organic and inorganic pollutants considering local aquatic food webs;
  • Writing of project reports and scientific papers;
  • Contribution to the communication and capitalisation efforts of the projects, participation to national and international project meetings and workshops;
  • Involvement in the preparation of new project proposals will also be encouraged, according to personal research interests.

Candidates skills:

  • Good knowledge of English, the knowledge of Italian is considered an advantage
  • Experience in environmental modelling, including programming language(s)
  • Good ability to work in interdisciplinary teams (together with experts in analytical chemistry, risk assessment, ecotoxicology, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently and good planning skills

For more information on the position and selection procedure please contact Dr. Elena Semenzin (; 041-2348914), Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics (DAIS), University Ca’ Foscari of Venice.