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NERC ECORISC CDT Studentship - Synthetic Chemicals in Terrestrial and Freshwater Biota: Drivers and Consequences of Landscape Scale Variation


   Cardiff School of Biosciences

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  Dr E Chadwick  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Cardiff United Kingdom Ecology Ecotoxicology Environmental Chemistry

About the Project

Project Outline

This PhD explores ecosystem exposure to synthetic pollutants, at a landscape scale, and the potential implications for affected communities. It is an exciting and applied project, led by an experienced supervisory team, bringing together academia, industry and the regulatory authority. 

The project offers unique access to sample archives from sentinel species (otter & buzzard: both long-term and spatially widespread), and to non-target chemical screening data from across Europe. These provide an ecologically relevant, sensitive estimation of exposure to a wide range of potentially harmful synthetic chemicals.

The project provides opportunities to work in ecological modelling, landscape ecology, analytical chemistry, chemical fate and biomonitoring, risk assessment, and policy and regulation. The flexible nature of the project offers considerable scope for the student to develop their own interests and to focus more, or less, on each of these areas depending on their own background and aspirations.

Over the first two years of their PhD programme, you will receive subject-specific training, in: i) ecotoxicology; ii) environmental chemistry; iii) ecology; and iv) risk assessment; and v) the core skills required for an environmental specialist. Successful completion of this training will result in the award of phase 1 of the Certified Environmental Risk Assessor qualification from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. The formal training programme will be complemented by yearly residential challenge events, ECORISC annual conferences and tailored specialist skills training conducted as group and individual exercises.

ECORISC students will also be required to undertake two workplace experiences based with our business, policy and regulation, third sector, and research organisation partners. 

An inclusive CDT programme

Inclusivity is at the heart of the ECORISC programme. We strongly encourage applications from under-represented groups and are employing a number of mechanisms, such as the possibility of part-time working, to ensure the programme is open to all. If you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to contact us at [Email Address Removed].

Eligibility and Application process

The studentships are open to highly motivated UK and international/EU applicants with at least an upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Successful applicants will be passionate about environmental pollution science and want their science to make a difference. 

To be considered for this and other PhDs offered under the ECORISC CDT, you should initially complete a short online application form available at: https://cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/ecorisc-cdt-student-application-202122-2. Applications should be submitted before 17:00 GMT on Monday 3rd January 2022. You will be notified of the outcome of your initial application by Monday 17th January 2022.

Successful applicants will be provided with an opportunity to meet with supervisory teams and then be invited to submit a project-specific application form which will be used to shortlist candidates for an interview.

ECORISC open afternoon

We are running an online ‘open afternoon’ for you to learn more about the CDT or to ask questions on the programme or the application process. This event will run from 1400-1630 GMT on the 9th December 2021 and booking details can be found on our website at: https://www.york.ac.uk/environment/postgraduate/ecorisc/


Funding Notes

This project is one of 22 projects being advertised by the NERC-funded ECORISC (Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment Towards Sustainable Chemical Use) Centre for Doctoral Training programme. More information on the CDT can be found at: https://www.york.ac.uk/environment/postgraduate/ecorisc/. Funding will be provided for 3 years and 10 months. During this time you will work on your research project but will also receive unique and outstanding training in pollution science and transferrable skills.
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