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Post Doctoral Research Fellow




Reference: A3910Description: Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position which is available on an EU FP7 project. SUSTAINABLE NANOTECHNOLOGIES (SUN): Hazard assessment tools to estimate chronic effects of nanomaterials from dietary and repeat exposures.This post-doctoral position will conduct research on dietary and repeated pulse exposures with fishes, and some comparative work to inform on hazards to mammals/humans as part of a work package on a large EU project called Sustainable Nanotechnologies (SUN). The overarching aim of SUN is to develop strategies and methods for safe nanoscale product and process design covering the complete lifecycle (e.g. development, production, use and end-of-life) and to include the results in guidelines for industries. The SUN project is therefore very integrated to achieve a goal of sustainable nano-innovation. This post-doctoral position will involve developing hazard assessment tools for long-term exposures, and for realistic exposure scenarios (such as repeated and pulsed exposures). This will involve the development of a dietary hazard assessment tool for fish, and to compare across species to the mammalian gut (rodents/human hazard). Prospective tools will include in vitro alternatives to chronic oral exposures in vivo, and experience of gut perfusions and gut cell culture. Understanding the uptake mechanisms and dynamics of nanomaterials in complex exposure matrices (food, natural water) will be important. The project will use a range of pristine and aged nanomaterials that represent releases that may be hazardous to the environment and human health. The materials will include TiO2, CuO, CNTs, SiO2 and a range of matrices of relevance to real world applications of nanotechnology. The approach is focussed on developing tools that will be useful now, and in the future for the sustainable hazard assessment of nanomaterials. The post-doctoral worker will be joining a strong team at Plymouth University working on different species and tools with nanomaterials, and will be expected to communicate with other staff on aspects of nanoscience. You should have a PhD in a relevant aspect of nano toxicology, or related experience.The position is open to UK citizens and EU citizens only, with appropriate qualifications and good English language skills.This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis for 3 years.If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Professor Richard Handy (######### ). Applicants should send a completed application form along with a covering letter detailing their suitability for the post, a full C.V. and 2 references.Interviews are likely to be around the Friday 3rd October 2014. Plymouth University is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. The University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women's career in STEMM academia.Job descriptionRegion: Location: PlymouthSalary: £28,695 to £31342 pa Grade-6Package: Full-time, Fixed-term

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