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AquaTRAIN ESR10 PDF Print E-mail
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Contract Number


Core Project Title

Geogenic chemicals in groundwaters and soils: a research training network

Job Title

PhD: Ground water regulation in Europe: analysis of the problem, relevant legislation and peculiarities of its implementation

Job Description

The main research objectives are to (i) identify the main areas showing specific problems of ground water pollution by As, Se and Mn in Europe; ii) characterize these areas in terms of affected population, sources of pollution and agriculture concerns; iii) to analyze national (in most affected countries) and European legislation related to groundwater problems; iv) to study how problems are solved at local level using specific case studies, and v) give recommendations for the improvement of European and local regulations.

The project will survey the available information in these pollutants in Europe to identify areas at risk and to propose recommendations for their specific management. Detailed studies will be carried out in some prospected areas selected by the AquaTRAIN partners. Geographic aspects of the areas of concern will be also investigated using Geographic Information Systems.

The work shall be carried our primarily at 3 host institutions: The Central European University (24 months), the JRC-Ispra (6 months) and the Technical University of Crete (6 months) with further laboratory/site visits as agreed and required.

Work periods at JRC-Ispra and the Technical University of Crete are initially scheduled for 04/08 through 10/08 and 10/08 through 04/09 respectively, but this may be altered subject to the requirements of the project.

Selection requirements: The ESR should ideally have at least a good honours degree in a Chemical or Life Science subject. Some training or experience in Social Sciences is also desirable. The candidate must have experience with (or interest in) environmental analytical techniques, and Geographic Information Systems. Proficiency in English language is essential (min TOEFL requirement is 600). French and Italian language skills would be highly desirable.

Generic EU Marie Curie Actions Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants should not be either (i) a national of; or (ii) resident for greater than 12 months of the last 36 months in; ANY of the countries of the host institutions listed below unless they have spent more than 4 of the last 5 years outside the EU and Associated States.
Up to 30 % of the AquaTRAIN network total of researcher person-months may be for researchers from Third Countries.

Applications from women researchers are particularly welcomed.

Contract Type

Temporary employment contracts.


Early Stage researcher (max. 4 years experience)

Number of Positions




Start Date


Duration (in months)

Maximum 36


As determined by regulations of Marie Curie Actions RTN.  Augmented by travel, mobility and career exploration allowances.

How to apply


Contact Person

Dr Ruben Mnatsakanian, Central European University,  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it





Place of Work

Central European University, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Budapest, Hungary

JRC – Institute for Environmental Sustainability, Ispra, Italy

Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece


Environmental Science, Environmental Science

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