Dear Reader !

Welcome to the January issue of the Speciation Newsletter provided by the European Virtual Institute for Speciation Analysis (EVISA). 

The EVISA team just came back from the Winter Conference for Plasma Spectrochemistry in Tucson, which again had a significant number of presentations on speciation analysis. Roughly on third of all posters (in total 213) and one quarter of all presentations (in total 117) were devoted to speciation analysis. While this ratio is still lower than during the last European Winter Conference, the US conference is clearly picking-up the trend. EVISA was present at the conference with an information booth and of course by numerous presentations by its members. A panel discussion on open issues in speciation analysis was chaired by EVISA's Executive Director Michael Sperling. Many thanks for all those who participated in this lively discussion or stopped-by at our booth.

The highlights in the list of upcoming events related to speciation analysis are the EVISA Workshop on Mercury (see below) and the PittCon. Please recognize that early registration at reduced fee for the Mercury workshop ends January 31. EVISA will be present at the PittCon with an information booth; a good opportunity to stop by and get informed about the premier information site related to speciation analysis. 

We hope that our newsletter will attract your interest, and would be happy to receive your suggestions, comments or criticism.


EVISA is keeping you updated  with what is going on in speciation analysis. In this section you will find news about the most current research results, about trends, legal issues and informations from manufacturers in the field of speciation analysis.

Thermo Sponsors Postdoctoral Position for Speciation Analysis
WINSFORD, England, January 18, 2006 –Thermo Electron Corporation strengthens its market leading position in speciation applications with the sponsorship of a postdoctoral scientist, Dr. Shona McSheehy.

Hungarians exposed to high arsenic levels in drinking water
Arsenic levels in drinking water in eastern Hungary are above EU limits and significantly higher than in either Romania or Slovakia, is the outcome of a report by a group of European researchers published recently. Whereas only 8% of drinking water topped the EU limit of 10 micrograms per litre in the Romanian and Slovakian counties, in eastern Hungary nearly 70% of those monitored were beyond the 10 microgram EU drinking water standard.

CCA-treated wood poses long-term threat
Arsenic from treated lumber used in decks, utility poles and fences will likely leach into the environment for decades to come, possibly threatening groundwater, according to two research papers published online December 21, 2005.


It is our pleasure to announce our second workshop dedicated to speciation analysis. After the success of our first workshop on chromium (VI) issues in industry, our second workshop is devoted to :

Mercury speciation analysis - The basis for sound risk assessment, and optimized remediation strategies for contaminated soils, sediments and sludge

Well renowned experts as well as experienced practitioners will report during this 2-day workshop on the solutions provided by mercury speciation analysis to characterize and solve mercury issues.

It is the major objective of the workshop to highlight the value of the enhanced information provided by speciation analysis and to demonstrate how this information can be used to tackle mercury related problems. Primary target groups are industries, laboratories, consultants, decision makers and other stakeholders interested in speciation analysis and the biogeochemistry of mercury.

EVISA Workshop on Mercury Speciation analysis

With a list of about 50 entries EVISA is informing you about interesting events and keeps you updated with their deadlines. By consulting our list of deadlines you won't miss the opportunity for early registration at reduced fee or the chance to submit your contribution in time.
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Please do not hesitate to inform us in case that your conference is missing in our Agenda. 

Location: The David InterContinental Hotel, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Date: 15.01.2006 - 23.01.2006

ExTech 2006
Location: Royal York Hotel, York, UK
Date: 06.02.2006 - 10.02.2006

Location: Royal York Hotel in York, United Kingdom
Date: 08.02.2006 - 10.02.2006

Graduate Course on Speciation and Bioavailability
Location: Wageningen / The Netherlands
Date: 27.02.2006 - 03.03.2006

Bioavailability 2006
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Date: 07.03.2006 - 10.03.2006

PittCon 2006
Location: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA
Date: 12.03.2006 - 17.03.2006

First Maga Circe conference on metabolic systems analysis
Location: Monte Circeo, Italy
Date: 26.03.2006 - 29.03.2005

EVISA Workshop on: Mercury speciation analysis - The basis for sound risk assessment, and optimized remediation strategies for contaminated soils, sediments and sludge
Location: Scandic Plaza Hotel, Umeå, Sweden
Date: 27.03.2006 - 28.03.2006


EVISA is supporting the field with educational and training activities meant to improve in the medium- and long-term the knowledge and know-how of users. Well known scientists working in the field are giving the lectures as well as transferring the know-how during the hands-on part of the training courses.
For learning about EVISA's current training activities please consult the following list of events that also provides more specific information and details for registration.
Since the number of places in these courses is rather limited, early registration is recommended !

Accuracy and quality assurance in speciation analysis by isotope dilution mass spectrometry
Location: Pau, France
Date: 23.02.2006 - 24.02.2006


EVISA provides information about open positions for Ph.D. students, PostDocs and permanent staff in the field of speciation. Looking to fill a vacancy or needing a new career challenge? Either way this service is FREE. Many laboratories and research facilities have already found their highly educated stuff through this service by EVISA. If you would like to post an open position here, please contact us at info@speciation.net !


Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany: Trace analysis of elemental species - Development of methods and applications
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the State Rheinland-Pfalz, the International Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) „Trace analysis of elemental species: Development of methods and applications“ offers 11 PhD-Grants from October 1, 2005

UFZ Halle-Leipzig: - Analytical Chemistry
The Department of Analytical Chemistry cooperates in the field of “chemo dynamics“ and invites applications for a Doctoral Fellow in the field of Miniaturized Techniques in Environmental Analytical Chemistry. Analysis and assessment of anthropogenic impact to environmental relevant compartments are performed by the application of different techniques of analytical chemistry. The introduction of microsampling methods allows the distribution and local analysis of trace elements, metalloids and their species in samples of environmental interest.

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG)
A four year PhD position in Fe isotope geochemistry in aquatic systems is offered at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). The project is joined with the isotope geochemistry group in ETHZ (Switzerland). The position is available immediately.



CSIRO: Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
We require a highly motivated PhD graduate with a good background in environmental microbiology or toxicology to undertake research in the bioavailability and toxicity of nanoparticles. The successful applicant will be part of a multidisciplinary team including chemists, microbiologists and ecotoxicologists both in the Centre and in partner organisations looking at the broader implications of environmental nanovectors.

Ghent University (Belgium), Dept. of Analytical Chemistry
The research group on 'Atomic and Mass Spectrometry' of the ‘Department of Analytical Chemistry’ of Ghent University (Belgium) has a position for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow (contract for three years, renewable once).

Frontier Geosciences: Elemental Speciation Specialist
Frontier GeoSciences, Inc., seeks an ICP-MS post-doctoral candidate for advanced and novel analytical method development. Primary responsibilities will be for developing hyphenated ICP-MS analysis techniques including customized application and method development for special projects.

UFZ Leipzig-Halle: Analytical Chemistry
The department invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of Analysis of Solid Samples in Environmental Analytical Chemistry. Analysis and assessment of anthropogenic impact to environmental relevant compartments are performed by the application of different techniques of inorganic analytical chemistry. The employment of different analytical techniques allows the determination of trace elements (isotopes), metalloids and their species in solid samples of environmental interest.


Research Associate Position at Brooks Rand, Seattle
Brooks Rand has an opening in its Trace Metals Group for a Research Associate/Sr. Technician who will also serve as the group supervisor. We are looking for someone with a strong desire to make a career out of developing specialized analytical methods for trace metals analysis and speciation, and who is passionately motivated to make a name for his/herself in the field of advanced analytical method development through presentations at conferences and publishing in peer-reviewed journals.


ICP-MS Technician or Research Associate/ University of Utah.
A technical specialist position involving the management and operation of our Agilent 7500-CE ICP-MS is available in the UU Center for Water Ecosystems & Climate Sciences (CWECS). Responsibilities include instrument operation and maintenance as well as participation in research activities.


Frontier GeoSciences: Chemist/Mercury Analyst
Frontier GeoSciences, Inc. a progressive environmental research and specialty inorganic analytical lab in Seattle is searching for a Chemist/Mercury Analyst.

Research Assistant at Frontier Geoscience
Frontier Geoscince is looking for a research assistant with trace metals background.

Frontier GeoSciences, Inc.: Quality Assurance Officer
Frontier GeoSciences, Inc. a progressive environmental research and specialty inorganic analytical lab in Seattle is searching for a Quality Assurance Officer. Frontier's areas of expertise include ultra-trace metals analysis and metal(loid) speciation (primarily for Hg, As, Se, Cr, and Sb). Candidates should be extremely knowledgeable about trace metals analysis and have several years' experience at an inorganic lab. Strongly positioned for growth in 2005, Frontier is looking for a proven, innovative leader to join our team.



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