of the studentship:
and validate standard methods for MP quantification in wastewater and treated
sewage sludge/ biosolids.
types and quantities of MPs arriving at WWT and determine their likely source.
types and quantities of MPs leaving WWT, via water and treated sewage sludge/biosolids.
the bacteria associated with MPs released to the environment.
The student will be based at the International Marine
Litter Research Unit,
within the Faculty of Science and
which is at the forefront of microplastic research. Its research has directly
contributed to legislation in the UK and internationally. In REF 2014 85 per cent of our
research under in earth systems and environmental science was classified as
world leading or internationally excellent. The student will join a well-equipped,
supportive and active research team at the cutting edge of the field, with
PDRSs and PhD students focused on microplastic contamination and the social science aspects of marine litter. Our PhD training aims
to develop world-class researchers, addressing strategic UK skills gaps. Full
training will be provided.
student will benefit from research facilities and support within the
International Marine litter Unit which has dedicated technical support. Our
current research includes a large NERC project on nanoplastics, PhD students
focused on microplastic contamination and a further PhD student focused on social science aspects of marine litter. All of the required facilities are
available including dedicated clean environment for microplastic separation,
FT-IR spectroscopy for polymer identification, SEM microscopy and Malvern
particle granulometry. Hence the student will be part of a very well equipped,
supportive and active team at the cutting edge of the field.
student will also benefit from our involvement with CASE partner, UKWIR, who
will provide a placement opportunity of approximately 3 months with a local
water company as well as relevant industrial training and access to WWT
facilities to ensure wide applicability of the work. There will also be
opportunities to attend scientific conferences as well as relevant water
industry events and links to the industry’s network of experienced water
professionals. Project partners the EA and DEFRA will provide technical input
to ensure policy relevance and opportunities for the student to gain
understanding of regulatory approaches and policy development.
are looking for a highly motivated, hard working person who is both
collaborative and open-minded in their approach. The candidate should have good
quantitative skills and a range of research methods as well as a broad
understanding of the underlying causes and environmental consequences of marine
litter. The position would suit a natural sciences graduate with a background
in environmental sciences or biological sciences.