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Managing the release of emerging pollutants from agriculture into the environment

Fully funded NERC Industrial CASE studentship

Supervisors: Dr Paul Kay (University of Leeds), Dr Chris Sinclair (Fera Science Ltd)

Contact email: p.kay(at)

Start date: 1 October 2018

Closing date for applications: 30 April 2018

The presence of emerging pollutants, including veterinary medicines, in the environment has been investigated since the late 1990’s (Halling-Sorensen et al., 1998) although we still know very little about their environmental fate (Grant et al., 2012; Slana and Sollner Dollenc, 2013; Jechalke et al., 2014). This is important as they must be assessed for environmental risk and appropriate measures put in place to mitigate against suspected negative environmental impacts (see image below).

Environmental fate of veterinary medicines (USGS,2017)

The central hypothesis that this project will test is that with an improved understanding of the fate of emerging contaminants on farms we can mitigate environmental impacts by adopting the use of particular management options. This will be investigated using field and laboratory studies, including state of the art facilities at Fera.

CASE partner
The student will benefit from training by and work in collaboration with Fera Science Ltd.

Suitable candidates will have, or be close to gaining, a good degree (1 or 2.1) or MSc in a suitable discipline, such as geography, environmental science, or chemistry.

Funding and how to apply
This is a fully-funded 4 year studentship providing full UK/EU level fees and a tax-free maintenance stipend of ~£14,777pa. Funding is also available for research costs.   UK students will be eligible for a full award, covering fees and a maintenance grant. EU candidates will be eligible for an award paying academic fees only, except in exceptional circumstances or where residency in the UK has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.  Further details on residential eligibility can be found in Annex 1 of the Research Council UK Training Grant Guide .

To apply, please submit an application for study and the required supporting documents listed here by 30 April 2018.

*UK Research Councils Doctoral stipend level 2018/19