A PhD position addressing the ecological effects of microplastics in freshwater and estuarine ecosystems is available in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. The position is associated with a large interdisciplinary project, funded by the New Zealand MBIE Endeavour Fund, which addresses the environmental effects of microplastics across terrestrial, freshwater and marine systems. The project team includes researchers from multiple NZ Universities and Crown Research Institutes with a wide range of expertise in disciplines including polymer and environmental chemistry, ecology, molecular microbiology and social science. The PhD student will focus on defining microplastic presence in foodwebs and the ecological effects of microplastics in assays ranging from simple laboratory ecotoxicologial assays to more complex mesocsom experiments. Field and laboratory work will be conducted on the North and South Islands of New Zealand and involve close collaboration with other PhD students and, in particular, colleagues at the Cawthron Insitute in Nelson, NZ.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in or potential for research dealing with ecological processes in freshwater and/or estuarine systems. Experience in ecotoxicology and plastic pollution is advantageous but not required. Candidates should have a willingness and demonstrated ability to conduct field and laboratory work. The position begins in October 2019 and includes funds covering a stipend, university fees and operating costs.
To apply, please send a cover letter stating your interests and experience relevant to the project, a CV, and the names and contact information for three references to: Dr. Kevin Simon.
Domestic and international students are encouraged to apply and applicants must meet the University of Auckland’s criteria for entry into the PhD programme (View Website).