About the Project
This is an exciting opportunity for an applicant with a strong interest in experimental and modelling work on environmental contamination. You will gain knowledge of how to design, carry out and interpret the results of experimental work, how to integrate the results into a model, and how to use this model for different scenarios of plastic mulch film use. You will also have the opportunity to learn and apply cutting edge experimental techniques such as micro-Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (µFTIR) and nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA). You will develop an awareness of the scientific and policy implications of your findings and gain experience of disseminating your findings as widely as possible.
You will be based at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH) in Lancaster, and registered at the University of York. You will be supervised by Dr. Stephen Lofts (UKCEH), Prof. Alistair Boxall (University of York), Dr. Karen Thorpe (Fera Science Limited) and Dr. Sam Harrison (UKCEH), a team of internally-recognised experts in environmental contamination science, including environmental modelling and policy. While conducting the majority of your research at UKCEH, there will be ample opportunity for interaction with all your supervisors throughout the degree.
If you would like to apply for this studentship, you must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a 2.1 degree or higher in a physical or chemical science, have strong numerical and experimental skills, and a keen interest in researching environmental contamination issues. If you have a 2.2 degree, but have also obtained a masters qualification, you are also eligible. Substantial relevant postgraduate experience may also be sufficient, please contact the supervisors for more information. To apply please send your CV and a covering letter stating your suitability for the project to the lead supervisor, Dr. Stephen Lofts ([Email Address Removed]).
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