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PhD Scholarship in Environmental Regulation of Nanomaterials

PhD Scholarship in Environmental Regulation of Nanomaterials

Deadline: 1 August 2019
Open to: candidates with a two-year master’s degree
Benefits: appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations

Description

A Ph.D. scholarship is available in the Section on Environmental Fate & Effect of Chemicals at DTU Environmental Engineering (DTU Environment) within the topic of environmental regulation and risk assessment of nanomaterials.

The specific focus of the advertised scholarship is on analyzing pros and cons of existing regulation of nano materials and on identify legal, technical and scientific limitations when it comes to considering the formation of eco-coronas on nano materials. The work will furthermore include analysis of the technical guidance provided by European governmental agencies that support the implementation of existing regulations. The research combines elements of environmental engineering, materials science, policy-analysis, regulation and environmental law. The overarching context is environmental regulation and risk assessment and management of chemicals and nano materials in the environment.

The scholarship is a 3-year position and is funded by Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) within the project Mistra Environmental Nano Safety Phase II. Mistra Environmental Nano safety Phase II focuses on the fate of nano materials in semi-natural experimental wetland systems, at simulated realistic surface water conditions and conditions during waste handling, and how this knowledge can be implemented in nano safety regulation. The PhD-student will work within a work package on proactive risk assessment, regulation and creation of stakeholder learning alliances lead by Associate Professor, Steffen Foss Hansen from DTU Environment.

The Ph.D. student will be part of a team working on regulation and risk assessment of emerging risks and pollutants and will work in collaboration with scientists from Sweden and international industries. The exact design of your PhD project will be decided in collaboration with the main supervisor, Associate Professor, Steffen Foss Hansen from DTU Environment. The position may also include teaching in undergraduate- and/ or level courses, supervising student projects or performing other duties.

The Ph.D. student will be responsible for:

  • Performing a legal analysis of the pros and cons of existing regulation of nano materials
  • Identify legal, technical and scientific limitations when it comes to considering the formation of eco-coronas on nano materials
  • Completing a technical and scientific analysis of the technical guidance that support implementation of existing regulations
  • Contributing to teaching in environmental regulation, management and ethics
  • Participating in the completion of stakeholder analysis when it comes to regulation of nanomaterials
  • Publication of innovative research findings and results in the scientific literature and presentations at international conference/meetings in English
  • Active collaboration with other research sections/groups at DTU Environment and other departments at DTU as well as at other partners within Mistra Environmental Nano Safety Phase II.

Eligibility

Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree. Your background should be within environmental science and technology and/or law, preferably, environmental engineer, environmental planner, environmental lawyer or related. Your English and English writing skills should be excellent.

Benefits

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. They offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. They strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

How to apply?

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system.

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