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Assessing human health impacts from exposures to “forever chemicals”


   MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health

  Dr F Piel, Dr Leon Barron, Dr Ovnair Sepai  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

We invite applications for a 3-year PhD studentship in the MRC Centre for Environment and Health and National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) funded Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Environmental Exposures and Health.

Our researchers are uniquely placed to produce high quality research, working with partners to translate knowledge into policy and improve population health, supported by a bespoke training programme to ensure they are equipped with the appropriate skills and experience.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate for a PhD in “Assessing human health impacts from exposures to “forever chemicals”:

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), often called “forever chemicals”, include thousands of synthetic compounds which are bioaccumulative and very persistent in the environment and in the human body.

Despite their use in a wide range of everyday products including clothes, cookware and carpets, a recent briefing by the European Environment Agency highlighted that risks to human health and the environment were still poorly understood. Some studies have suggested an impact on infant birth weights, the immune system, cancer and Covid19.

This multi-disciplinary project, conducted in close partnership with the UK Health Security Agency (HSA), will involve i) reviewing current evidence of health risks; ii) modelling based on measurements in the environment; and iii) conducting epidemiological analyses at population level.

This project is supervised by Dr Fred Piel and Dr Leon Barron (Imperial College London) and Dr Ovnair Sepai (UK HSA), and conducted in collaboration with the Environment Agency. It is aligned with the Emerging Environmental Issues and Preparedness theme within the Health Protection Research Unit in Environmental Exposures & Health.

For more information, and instructions on how to apply, visit https://eeh.hpru.nihr.ac.uk/training-opportunities/

The MRC Centre and the NIHR HPRUs are committed to equality of opportunity, eliminating discrimination and creating an inclusive working environment.

Studentships will commence by October 2022.


Funding Notes

This studentship is only available to candidates who are eligible for home tuition fee status.
The PhD studentship will cover home fees, a stipend of approximately £17,605 per year for three years and support of research expenses and travel to collaborators and conferences.
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