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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Chemical Measurement Services for Assessing Plastic Marine Debris Pollution


Material Measurement Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division

opportunity location
50.64.62.C0219 Waimanalo, HI 96795

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Jennifer Michelle Lynch 843.442.2188


The Chemical Sciences Division has a developing program to improve the quality of analytical chemical measurements in the field of marine debris research.  Research interests include chemical degradation of plastic, quantification and characterization of plastic polymers in complex environmental samples, and quantification of plastic additives (e.g., UV stabilizers, plasticizers, flame retardants, pigments, and fillers) and sorbed environmental contaminants (persistent organic pollutants, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, metals, and others) to plastic marine debris or in tissues of organisms that ingest plastic debris.  Chemical instrumentation for these studies include Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, Imaging micro-FT-IR, X-ray fluorescence, and gas and liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry.

key words
Polymers; Plastic pollution; Ocean plastics; Marine debris; Environmental chemistry; Microplastics


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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