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Research Fellow in Fate and Effects of Emerging Contaminants

University of Leeds - Faculty of Environment

Location: Leeds
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th November 2021
Closes: 8th December 2021
Job Ref: ENVGE1168

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in environmental chemistry or environmental biology?

You will work with Dr Laura Carter, a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, on the research project Contaminants of emerging concern in agricultural systems: a risk to soil-plant systems?, funded by UK Research and Innovation. 

The use of sustainable agricultural practices such as treated wastewater irrigation and organic soil amendments are inadvertently introducing emerging contaminants to our agro-ecosystems. It is therefore essential that we can quantify the risks associated with introducing bioactive chemicals into soil-plant systems, given that these practices are set to increase in response to depleting freshwater supplies and a drive to move away from chemical-based fertilisers. 

This project will explore the fate, uptake and effects of emerging contaminants in agro-ecosystems. Through a combination of laboratory and field scale investigations at the University of Leeds Farm, outcomes of this work will offer a paradigm shift in how we consider the risks of emerging contaminants in the environment by combining expertise in the fields of agriculture, soil, and plant health. The proposed mechanistic driven evaluation of a subset of emerging contaminants, pharmaceuticals, will allow us to understand potential impacts on crop productivity and our ability to meet growing food demands.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Post-Doctoral researcher with a background in environmental chemistry or environmental biology to join our team in the University of Leeds to design and undertake a programme of research that evaluates the uptake and effects of emerging contaminants in soil-plant systems.

You should have a PhD (or be very close to obtaining a PhD) in Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Biology – or a related discipline with a significant component of environmental analysis – and be able to demonstrate a combination of enthusiasm and expertise in the environmental risk of contaminants.

It is likely that this role will be extended due to additional funding becoming available. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Laura Carter, UKRI Future Leader Fellow and University Academic Fellow

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3205, email: l.j.carter@leeds.ac.uk 

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