Research Fellow in Environmental Science

Harvard University




Title Fellow in Environmental Science and Engineering
School Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Department/Area Environmental Chemistry
Position Description
A Fellow position is available in Dr. Elsie Sunderland’s Environmental Contaminants Laboratory. The fellow will conduct research on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and support the operation and maintenance of an Agilent 6460 LC-MS/MS, Orbitrap Exploris 120 MS,and a combustion ion chromatography instrument. As needed, the position will involve development of analytical methods for extraction and analysis of novel compounds in matrices such as water, sediment, fish tissues, and human samples. The position will occasionally provide opportunities for field sampling and time at sea. Regular interactions and collaborations with group members and students can be expected.

The majority of time will be spent on tasks related to organic contaminants research projects. In order of general importance, job duties include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Research on analytical methods related to PFAS
  • Oversight and operation of Orbitrap Exploris 120 MS
  • Oversight and operation of Agilent 6460 LC-MS/MS
  • Oversight and operation of a Metrohm CIC
  • Sample analysis and training of graduate students
  • Laboratory experiment execution
  • Occasional field work and time at sea
Basic Qualifications
Master’s degree
Additional Qualifications
The successful candidate will have a degree in analytical chemistry or related discipline.
Special Instructions
Applicants should provide a CV, contact information for three references and a 1-paragraph statement of interests and relevant experience. Applicants have the option to submit a writing sample.

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) is dedicated to building a diverse and welcoming community, and we strongly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups.
Contact Information
Elsie Sunderland,
Fred Kavli Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
Contact Email
Equal Opportunity Employer
Harvard is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.
Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed 3

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Other Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Writing Sample 1