Project description: Non-target arthropods (NTAs) provide important ecosystem services (e.g. control of pests). However in agricultural systems some beneficial arthropods may be at risk from the pesticides used to control insects that damage crops. Predicting the risk to NTAs is complicated by the non-uniform distribution of pesticides in and around crops. In this PhD you will:
The results of the PhD will feed into regulatory risk assessment of pesticides for the protection of non-target organisms.
Host institution & supervisors: The PhD student will be based at the Environment Department at the University of York (UoY) and the project will be led by Roman Ashauer (main supervisor) and Prof Mark Hodson (co-supervisor).The Environment Department has a reputation for excellence and innovation; the impact of our research in ecology and environmental science is ranked 2nd in the UK and 17th globally. The environmental fate and effects of pollutants is a core area of research.
Industry & government agency partners: The PhD student will spend at least three months in placements at the project partners, who are Dr Gabe Weyman at Makhteshim Agan (industry, senior regulatory ecotoxicologist), Dr Tania Alvarez at EcoRisk Solutions (arthropod ecology & ecotoxicology) and Dr Melissa Reed at the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (pesticide environmental risk assessment & ecological modelling).
Training provided in: regulatory pesticide risk assessment, ecotoxicology, analytical chemistry, NTA ecology, ecological modelling, field & laboratory studies and advanced generic & transferable skills.
Start date & duration: The project will start 1 October 2014 and last four years.
Funding & eligibility: The studentship will cover a stipend of approximately 15,700 GBP per year (incl. industry supplement). Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK in an appropriate area of science or technology. Applicants must be a UK candidate or an EU candidate who has resided in the UK for at least 3 years by 30 Sep 2014 if starting the PhD on 1 Oct 2014.
Application: Please include a CV, the names and addresses of two academic referees and a covering letter. In the covering letter (max. 1 side A4) please describe any experience and skills you feel make you a suitable candidate for the position and why you are interested in the project. Please email your application to email@example.com. Application remains open until the position is filled.