Postdoctoral position in sustainable antifouling strategies in shipping

Chalmers University of Technology


Postdoctoral position in sustainable antifouling strategies in shipping

The Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2) conducts fundamental and applied research in all modes of transport to achieve sustainable technological solutions. M2 holds one of Sweden’s most extensive simulator centres for navigation and propulsion of ships, as well as world class laboratories within combustion engineering and wind tunnels. The department also offers and contributes to bachelor and master programs in areas such as Shipping, Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, to mention a few. In addition, professional education is performed on both a national and international level, with specifically designed mission training for different societal actors within our ambition for lifelong learning. The department continuously strives to establish a cooperation between academia, industry, and society, with a great focus on utilization of our research results. M2 is characterized by an international environment with employees and students from around the world, as well as outstanding research and world class education. M2 consists of seven different divisions within the areas of engineering and maritime sciences, and one division of administration and support.

Information about the project
We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of biofouling/antifouling. The position will be hosted by the unit of Maritime Environmental Sciences at the department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences but includes collaboration with other research institutes such at SSPA and Gothenburg University.

The colonization of submerged surfaces in seawater by fouling organisms is a significant problem for the shipping industry, since fouling translates to higher transport and maintenance costs as well as increased environmental impact. The most common strategy to prevent biological fouling is to coat the hull with antifouling paints that contain and leach biocides to the marine environment. However, many coatings on the market are only effective in preventing fouling for 12-18 months and ship owners will therefore perform underwater hull cleaning between dry docking intervals to remove the fouling. The aim of the current project is to develop a decision support tool for the shipping industry as well as for environmental authorities with respect to sustainable antifouling strategies. Measurements of release rates of metallic biocides from antifouling coatings exposed in different sea areas will be conducted to gain knowledge on the minimal release rate required to prevent fouling in different sea areas. In addition, different hull cleaning techniques will be assessed in terms of efficacy in removing fouling and its impact on release rates and spread of antifouling paint particles to the environment. The postdoctoral position will contribute to a larger project that also includes hydrodynamic assessments of fouling as well as valuation of the societal costs associated with the spread of biocides to the marine environment. The postdoctoral position will integrate the results from these studies in a decision support tool.

The postdoctoral researcher will be working within a group at MES that runs several projects targeting antifouling questions and solutions. Within the work the postdoc will be using novel approaches to measure biofouling and leaching rates of metallic biocides, e.g. copper, from antifouling paints. The work will include method development, lab and field work, statistical analyses, interpretation of data and writing scientific papers.

Major responsibilities
Your main responsibility will be to perform studies assessing the potential of sustainable antifouling solutions for the shipping industry. The postdoc is expected to lead work-packages in ongoing research projects in collaboration with senior researchers in the group. Further the postdoc will be responsible for dissemination of results through conference and seminar presentation and publications in relevant international scientific journals.

The work will be performed in collaboration with researchers at other universities/ institutes as well as industry. You are expected to communicate your findings to relevant stakeholders like the Swedish Shipowners´ association and national authorities, e.g. Swedish EPA, the Swedish chemicals agency (KemI) and the Swedish agency for marine and water management (SwAM). The position also includes teaching on Chalmers' graduate and undergraduate level or performing other administrative duties.

Position summary
The position is full-time temporary employment. It is limited to a maximum of two years, starting with a one-year employment followed by an evaluation and if the work is proceeding sufficiently well the employment will be extended for a second year. 

To qualify for the position of postdoctoral researcher, you should hold a doctoral degree in a relevant field such as environmental science, chemistry, biology and have knowledge of practical and theoretical work with respect to biofouling and antifouling strategies. The degree should generally not be older than three years. Knowledge of advanced lab work and chemical analyses is beneficial. The candidate is expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

We are looking for an ambitious, independent researcher with good analytical skills who is interested in interdisciplinary research with a holistic systems perspective.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190242 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 31 May 2019

For questions, please contact:
Associate professor Erik Ytreberg, 
Maritime Studies, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences
+46 31-772 27 49

Associate professor Lena Granhag, 
Maritime Studies, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences
+46 31-772 14 61

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