Contaminants can accumulate in sediments creating a record of chemical releases into the environment. Globally there is increasing research focus on the environmental fate of contaminants and the effectiveness of management and treatment options to reduce the release of contaminants into waterways. Emerging organic contaminants are contaminants that are of concern due to either new information on their toxicity, increased usage and/or the development of methods to detect them. As there is currently very little New Zealand specific data for these contaminants, their potential impact in waterways is currently not well understood.
This project will investigate temporal trends in emerging organic contaminants (EOCs) in estuarine sediments and the physicochemical factors that determine accumulation of EOCs in sediments. This research project will be completed within and align with the Cawthron Institute MBIE funded research program “Assessing the risk of emerging contaminants to the New Zealand environment”. It will be jointly supervised by Associate Professor Sally Gaw at the University of Canterbury and Dr Grant Northcott (Northcott Research Consultants).
The ideal applicant will have experience in environmental or analytical chemistry and fieldwork. Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in gas chromatography-mass spectrometry or liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry.
The successful candidate will be based in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, who offer a friendly and supportive environment and are housed in a brand-new purpose-built environmental chemistry research facility.
Funding notes Value: $21 000 per annum, plus tuition fees covered Tenure: 3.5 years