[Job Opportunity] PFAS Postdoc Position at UC Berkeley

April 23, 2021


Open date: March 23rd, 2021

Next review date: Tuesday, Apr 6, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Alvarez-Cohen and Sedlak Labs in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) are seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar, with a focus on combined chemical and biological remediation of per-and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS).

This is a twelve month, 100% time appointment with the possibility of extension being subject to performance and budgetary approval. Anticipated start: April 2021 or until the position is filled. Salary commensurate with experience and in accordance with the University of California Postdoctoral Union.

Duties of Position:

This postdoctoral researcher will conduct research on two Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) funded projects on combined laccase-chemical oxidation treatment trains for PFAS and forensic chemistry for PFAS sources.
The Postdoctoral Scholar will be responsible for the following:

  • Perform experiments on remediation of PFAS with combined laccase-mediator systems and heat-activated persulfate oxidation.
  • Perform experiments on development of an updated total oxidizable precursor assay for unknown PFAS assessment, and develop forensic chemistry data science analysis of PFAS sources in the environment.
  • Prepare reports and perform project management with SERDP
  • Oversee day to day laboratory activities
  • Mentor students
  • Present at national conferences
  • Prepare results for publication
  • Assist with grant writing

Basic Qualifications:
PhD or equivalent international degree or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications (by start date):
PhD or equivalent international degree
No more than four years of post-degree research experience

Preferred Qualifications:
Mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry experience highly desired
Experience with PFAS highly desired
Data Science and programming (Python, R)

Salary and title will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley salary scales. The salary range for this position is $54,540-$63,036.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)


Berkeley, CA


To apply go to https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02875

Please direct all questions for this position to [email protected], with the subject line: [SERDP Postdoc Application]

Job will remain open until filled.

This position is covered by the UC-UAW collective bargaining agreement for Academic Researchers. The current contract can be found here:
https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/px/index.html. Additional information can be found on the website: http://uaw5810.org/welcome-new-postdocs/

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.