|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Placed On:||3rd February 2023|
|Closes:||19th February 2023|
An opportunity to apply for a funded full-time PhD in the College of Arts,Technology and Environment, UWE Bristol. The studentship will be funded by Welsh Government and UWE Bristol.
The expected start date of this studentship is 01 April 2023
The closing date for applications is 19 February 2023.
About the Studentship
Large numbers of microplastic fragments have been found in both indoor and outdoor air samples, indicating that plastic is not just ubiquitous in the water we drink and the food we eat, but also in the air we breathe. Our exposure to microplastic is likely to be higher via the airborne route and evidence also demonstrates likely health risks associated with their inhalation. The Welsh Government operates a significant number of PM10/PM2.5 air quality monitoring stations within the UK Automatic Urban and Rural Network (AURN). Some of these, including Beta Attenuation Monitors, retain time resolved samples on glass fibre tapes, which are routinely disposed of. By utilising ‘waste products’ from such instruments it will be possible to develop the a microplastics monitoring network and would facilitate the exploration of new knowledge on measurement, geographies of microplastics and pathways towards proactive management.
The aim of this PhD will be to develop and validate the ambient airborne microplastics monitoring capability in Wales, producing time resolved data on microplastics concentrations across Wales. The objectives are:
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The studentship is available from 01 April 2023 for a period of three and a half years, subject to satisfactory progress and includes a tax exempt stipend, which is currently £17,668 per annum.
In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years (Home).
Applicants must have a good first degree in an appropriate subject and ideally will have a Masters in Environmental Science, Geography or a related discipline.
Being able to speak Welsh is desirable but not essential. However, the candidate must be willing to learn basic Welsh phrases and be comfortable with the pronunciation of Welsh place names.
How to apply
Please submit your application online. When prompted use the reference number 2223-APR-CATE10.
Supporting documentation: you will need to upload your cover letter, all your degree certificates and transcripts and a recognised English language qualification is required.
References: you will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application.
It is expected that interviews will take place on week commencing 27 February 2023. If you have not heard from us by 24 February 2023, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.
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