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UCSP: University Commercial Services Plymouth Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary company of University of Plymouth which provides commercial services to a range of clients. This currently includes retail catering, hospitality, early years' education and childcare.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with a background in physical, environmental or marine sciences to work on this NERC funded project Lost at Sea - where are all the tyre particles? (TYRE-LOSS). The post will be based in the International Marine Litter Research Unit, Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Plymouth. You will work with Prof. Richard Thompson, and Prof Daniel Conley at the University of Plymouth and collaborate with co-investigators at other UK research organisations.

You will join a leading international team examining the effects of plastic debris in the environment. Led by Prof Richard Thompson (a marine biologist based in the Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre) this team were the first to describe the accumulation of microplastic in the ocean and have since been working to establish the environmental consequences of this debris.

Summary of the Project

In the UK 330 billion road miles are driven every year, generating particles of synthetic rubber as a consequence of friction between the tyre and the road surface. It has been estimated that tyre wear could account for 65% (18,000 tonnes annually) of all microplastics released to UK surface waters. However, these estimates are in stark disagreement with environmental data where only around 1% of studies report finding any tyre particles at all. This contradiction is concerning because tyres contain a range of potentially hazardous chemicals which have been shown to cause harm to marine life.

Tyre particles are challenging to identify from environmental samples and this might explain the discrepancies between modelling estimates and actual field sampling. In this proposal, we will use an approach that has been recently trialled by the team and has shown that very substantial quantities of tyre particles are indeed entering the sea via storm water, waste water and from airborne dust.

This project will measure tyre particle concentrations at their points of entry to the marine environment and then describe their subsequent transport in the water column. We will measure concentrations in the water, sediment and marine life at increasing distances from the places where these particles enter the sea and construct and validate mathematical models to describe the dispersal of tyre particles in inshore waters. This information will then be used establish the potential for any associated risks to marine life at environmentally relevant concentrations.

This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis for a period of 36 months due to funding. Start date January 2021.

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