• Øster Voldgade 10
    1350 Copenhagen K
    Denmark

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Curriculum vitae

Professor Jens Aamand, Ph.D. is employed at the department of geochemistry, GEUS where he is responsible for the microbiology laboratory. During his employment at GEUS he has been working on development of different remediation technologies for organic pollutants. He has been the leader of several larger research programmes and has specialist experience in project management and organisation. In addition, he is specialist in the promotion of collaboration between scientists working within different research area. During his employment at GEUS he has supervised/supervise 18 Ph.D. students of which 13 work/worked on pesticide degradation in soil and groundwater, one work on biogeochemical processes in aquifers and two work/worked on development of immunological techniques for pesticide analysis. Several master students have been associated to the research. He has been senior researcher at GEUS since January 1995 where his research mainly has focused on immunological detection and microbial degradation of pesticides. He received a M.Sc. degree and a Ph.D. degree in microbial ecology from the University of Copenhagen. Jens Aamand is specialist in microbial ecology and microbial processes in soil and groundwater including degradation of organic chemicals. He has extensive experience in development and use of immunological techniques to be used for quantification of bacteria and pesticides in water. He was affiliated to KU-Life as honoured professor in 2006 within the research area ‘Bioremediation – microbial soil remediation and groundwater protection From March 2012 he is hired as a professor at GEUS within the field of environmental biotechnology.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS

  • Specialist in project management, organisation and keeping of accounts
  • Specialist in environmental biotechnology contaminant degradation pathways and kinetics
  • Specialist in microbial ecology, microbial processes in soil and groundwater, degradation of pollutants at different redox condition.
  • Specialist in classical, molecular and immunological techniques for characterisation and quantification of micro-organisms in the environment.
  • Expert knowledge about research and development of microbial remediation techniques for treatment of contaminated soil and groundwater.
  • Expert knowledge about natural geochemical redox processes and their influence on the microbial community structure.
  • Extensive experience in effects of geology and hydrology on transport and degradation of pollutants.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

2012-Professor within Environmental Biotechnology at GEUS
2006-Honorary Professor within Bioremediation – microbial soil remediation and groundwater protection. Faculty of Life Science, University of Copenhagen
1995-12

Senior Research Scientist, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

1991-94Research Scientist , Water Quality Institute (VKI) 
1988-92             Ph.D. study at the Univer­sity of Copenhagen, Department of Gene­ral Microbiology. Thesis title: Micro­bial transformation of chlorinated ali­pha­tics at different redox conditions.
1987-88Scientist, Department of Gener­al Micro­biology, University of Copen­hagen, as­signed to a project financed by the National Envi­ronmental Protection Agency. Project title: Anae­robic transformation of chlo­rinated sol­vents in groundwater.
1987M.Sc. Biology, University of Copenhagen, Department of General Microbiology. Thesis title: Microbial degradation of oil in groundwater.

ADMINISTRATIVE AND ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS

  
2017-2021Coordinator of research project on Mapping groundwater vulnerability to pesticide contamination through fractured clays (CLAYFRAC) financed by Danish Environmental Agency (budget € 515.866)
2016-2020Coordinator of research project on innovative combination of membrane technology and biological filtration for water purification (MEM2BIO) financed by Innovation Fund, Denmark (budget € 1.881.427) 
2016-2020

Coordinator of research project on accelerated water purification during artificial recharge of aquifers - a tool to restore drinking water resources (ACWAPUR) financed by Innovation Fund Denmark and EU (budget €: 1.400.000 )

2013-14             Leader of GEUS activities within the EU project entitled ‘Integrated Biotechnological Solutions for Combating Marine Oil Spills (KILL●SPILL)’ financed by the EU 7th Framework programme (FP7) (GEUS budget approx.€ 268.775)
2011-14Coordinator of the FP7 project on Biotreatment of drinking water resources polluted by pesticides pharmaceuticals and other micropollutants (BIOTREAT) financed by EU (€ 3.000.000)
2009-14Coordinator of research project on microbial remediation of soil and water resources (MIRESOWA) financed by the The Danish Council for Strategic Research (budget: € 3.708.284)
2009-13Work Package leader of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) entitled GOODWATER initial training network (tentative WP budget € 268.775)
2009-13

Leader of GEUS activities within the EU project entitled ‘Development of Rehabilitation Technologies and Approaches for Multipressured Degraded Waters and the Integration of their Impact on River Basin Management (AQUAREHAB)’ financed by the EU 7th Framework programme (FP7) (GEUS budget approx. € 322.530)

2008-12Coordinator of research project on microbial oxidation of pyrite in anoxic groundwater aquifers (MOPAQ) financed by the GEOCENTER and the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (budget: € 241.897).
2007-12Theme leader of research project on development of sensors for monitoring and control of water quality (SENSOWAQ) financed by the The Danish Council for Strategic Research (Theme budget: € 3.000.000).
2006-15

Theme leader (microbial heterogeneity in soil) within Center for Environmental and Agricultural Microbiology (CREAM) financed by the Villum Kann Rasmussen Foundation. (GEUS budget approx. € 403.162

2006-08Coordinator of research project on controlled degradation of pesticide residues in sand filters at waterworks (PESTICON) financed by the Danish Agency for science, Technology and Innovation (budget: € 184.436,71).
2003Guest editor on FEMS Microbiology Ecology thematic issue on subsurface microbiology
2003-06Coordinator of research project on Synergism between fungi and bacteria in mineralisation of pesticides in soil (FUNGI) financed by the Danish Research Agency and the research School COGCI (budget: € 199,162).
2002-05

Coordinator of research project on Transport and degradation of glyphosate in fractured clay sediments in the area around Copenhagen. Financed by Københavns Energi (budget: € 204.882)

2002Organiser of 5th International Symposium on Subsurface Microbiology, 8-13  September 2002, Copenhagen, Denmark
1999-05Coordinator of research project on development of immunological assays for analysis of pesticides and determination of their prevalence and fate in groundwater and water supply systems (IMMUNALYSE) financed by the Danish Research Agency (budget: € 1.075.101)
1997-00

Leader of research project: Development and test of new methods for quantification of pesticides and determination of their degradation in groundwater, Ministry of Environment and Energy (budget: € 1.572.335).

1996-01

Responsible for GEUS activities within The Danish Environmental Research Programme (SMP 96) – Fate of pesticides in aquifers (budget: € 779.448)

1994

Coordinator of research project on Bioremediation of Contaminated Soil financed by Danish Environmental Protection Agency

1993-94Responsible for the microbiological research within the project ‘Danish assistance in the remediation of Tököl Airbase near Budapest, Hungary financed by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency
1992-95Responsible for the isolation and characterisation of PAH degrading micro-organisms within the project ‘Microbial degradation of PAH in sandy soils’ financed by The Danish Environmental Research Programme (SMP I)
1991-94Leader of research project concerning immunological detection of nitrite-oxidizing bacteria in sewage sludge financed by the Danish Technical Research Council.

SUPERVISION OF PHD STUDENTS

  • Frederik Bak (2019) Microbiota in preferential flow paths (PhD-thesis)
  • Urse Schell Krüger (2018) Small-scale spatial distribution of pesticide mineralisation activity in structured soils (PhD-thesis)
  • Elin Djurhuus Joensen (on-going) Characterisation of surface-colonising herbicide-degrading bacteria (PhD-thesis)
  • Sarka Vaclavkova (on-going) Microbial oxidation of pyrite in anaerobic groundwater aquifers (PhD-thesis)
  • Lea Ellegaard (2012) Fungal degradation of pesticides – construction of microbial consortia for bioremediation (PhD-thesis)
  • Berit Elkær Knudsen (2013) Bacterial degradation of pesticides –construction of microbial consortia for bioremediation (PhD-thesis)
  • Basil Uttupu (2012) Immunological sensors for on-line measurement of pesticides in water (PhD-thesis)
  • Meric Batioglu Pazarbasi (2012) The role of spatial heterogeneity as a limiting factor for pesticide biodegradation in contaminated aquifers (PhD-thesis)
  • Erkin Gözdereliler (2012) Unravelling the microbiological limitations for degradation of low pesticide concentrationsin aquifers (PhD-thesis)
  • Nora Badawi (2012) Microscale heterogeneity and its influence on soil contaminant degradation, metabolite formation and leaching to the groundwater (PhD-thesis)
  • Allan Simonsen (2011) Mechanisms and adaptive processes underlying microbial degradation of ecological relevant contaminant concentrations (PhD-thesis).
  • Ole Sjøholm (2010) Activity and distribution of BAM degraders in soil (PhD-thesis).
  • Stig Rønhede (2007) Synergism between fungi and bacteria in mineralisation of pesticides in soil (PhD-thesis).
  • Maria Sommer Holtze (2005) Degradation of the herbicide dichlobenil and its metabolite 2,6-dichlorobenzamide (BAM) in soil and bacterial cultures (PhD-thesis).
  • Helle Johannesen (2002) Microbial degradation of herbicides aged in soil or aquifer sediments (PhD-thesis)
  • Sebastian Reinhold Sørensen (2002) Metabolism of phenylurea compounds by indigenous bacteria from aquifer chalk, agricultural soil and stream sediment (PhD-thesis)
  • Julia Radnoti de Lipthay (2001) Acclimation of natural microbial communities to phenoxyalcanoic acid herbicides (PhD-thesis)
  • Lise Larsen (2000) Degradation of herbicides in groundwater under different redox conditions (PhD-thesis)
  • Leif Bruun (2000) Development and implementation of new immunochemical methods for measuring pesticides and their degradation products in groundwater (PhD-thesis).

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 2: Water Resources

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