University of Queensland PhD international awards
- $28,597 p.a. + top-up
- 22 November 2020
Supervisor – Professor Jochen Mueller
Despite many benefits associated with the use of chemicals, there is consensus that their accelerated production and use is increasingly affecting environmental health. Effective tools to understand spatiotemporal trends and factors that drive chemical exposure are urgently needed. This project aims to develop these tools by combining established programs in systematic sampling and archiving with advanced informatics and analytical techniques.
The project expects to identify emerging chemicals of concern, assess factors that affect exposure and model exposure based on chemical production, use and fate. Outcomes will support evidence-based regulation and management of chemicals to minimise adverse impacts of chemical exposure in Australia.
Up to four PhD scholarships are available as part of this five year program of work, working with the ARC Laureate Fellow and a team of postdoctoral research fellows.
The broad topics include:
- Development and application of analytical methods – both target and non-target – for analysis of emerging chemicals of concern in environmental and human samples;
- Evaluation of factors that drive human exposure to chemicals by assessing links between measured exposures (e.g. in blood or urine) and underlying metadata (e.g. age, gender, sources of chemicals, population lifestyle) using big data Bayesian and other statistical methods;
- Integration of data from new and existing biomonitoring programs of human exposures (e.g. blood, urine, breast milk) and environmental monitoring programs (e.g. air, water, soil, food) to establish spatiotemporal trends;
- Application of mechanistic modelling to predict changes in human exposure to chemicals over time and space and thus assess effectiveness of policy and regulation for exposure control.
A working knowledge of exposure science or chemical/data analysis methods would be of benefit to someone working on this project.
The University of Queensland
You must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.
$28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually. A top-up of $5,000 per annum for up to 3 years is also available.
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