PhD position: ‘Pharmaceutical Impacts in Aquatic Sediments’

Institution: University of York

Department: Environment

Duration: 3 years

Apply by: Monday 31st August 2015

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to work on a three year PhD project, under the supervision of Professor Alistair Boxall and Dr Roman Ashauer, exploring the impacts of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in aquatic sediment. Working with a range of APIs, you will explore: the sorption behaviour of these compounds in different sediment types; the uptake of APIs into sediment dwelling organisms with different traits; and the effects of API exposure on the study organisms. These results will be combined to develop modelling approaches for use in the future for estimating the risks of new APIs to sediment dwelling compounds.

This PhD project will be part of the 10.3 M Euro Innovative Medicines Initiative ‘iPiE’ project. Involving 23 partners from research institutes and the pharmaceutical industry, iPiE is developing frameworks that utilize information from toxicological studies, pharmacological mode of action and in silico models to support intelligence-based environmental testing of pharmaceuticals in development and to prioritise legacy pharmaceuticals for targeted environmental risk assessment and/or environmental (bio) monitoring. As a member of the iPiE project team, the student will be required to travel to and participate in project meetings and associated events across Europe.

You will receive a stipend according to RCUK levels (currently £14057 per annum) and the PhD registration fees will also be covered. To be eligible for the position you must be a citizen from the UK or elsewhere in Europe and hold at least an upper second class degree or equivalent in either biological or environmental sciences or chemistry. We anticipate that the project will start sometime between 1 October and 1 December 2015.

To apply for this position, please send a CV and covering letter to Alistair Boxall (email before 31 August 2015. 


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