Research Associate in Ecological Risk of Chemicals

University of York Department of Environment and Geography

United Kingdom

Research Associate: Ecological Risk of Chemicals

Department:Environment and Geography
Based at:University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work:Full-time
Contract status:Fixed term
Salary:33,309 - 40,927
Interview Date:TBC
Posted Date:04/11/2021
Apply by:05/12/2021
Job Reference:10036

Role Description

Research Associate: Ecological Risk of Chemicals

Environment and Geography

We are seeking a Research Associate with expertise in Ecological Risk of Chemicals to work on a NERC-funded project involving the University of York, the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University of Aberdeen. The project is exploring the uptake and effects of chemical pollutants, arising from legacy waste sites, in coastal food chains and will deliver a risk assessment framework that can be used in the future to inform management decisions. The position will be based in the Environment and Geography Department which is a leading centre for teaching and research on sustainable solutions to the world's environmental issues.


Working in a small team of environmental chemists, ecotoxicologists, ecologists and managers, you will be responsible for developing and evaluating a pollutant exposure model to predict the uptake of chemicals from water and sediment into fish, phytoplankton and zooplankton and then the transfer into European shags. The model will operate at high spatial and temporal resolutions and be able to simulate a wide range of pollutants types including persistent organic pollutants, pharmaceuticals, metals and microplastics. The position would therefore suit individuals who are highly numerate with an interest in spatial ecology, (eco)toxicological modelling, ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry, chemical exposure assessment or ecological risk assessment.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • PhD in Ecology, Ecotoxicology, Environmental Chemistry or Ecological Risk Assessment or similar
  • Knowledge in either Ecology, Ecotoxicology, Environmental Chemistry or Ecological Risk Assessment to engage in high quality research.
  • Knowledge of a range of methods for analysing or modelling complex datasets
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Competency to make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events
  • Skilled in ecotoxicological or ecological modelling and/or exposure modelling methodologies

Interview date:  To be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact Alistair Boxall on email:

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