The PhD position is in the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), and within the framework of the Marie Skłodowska -Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN) project ‘Best chemical risk assessment professionals for maximum Ecosystem Services benefit (PRORISK)’.
The PhD candidate will be employed by and enrolled in the doctoral programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. International collaboration is foreseen, in particular with partners in the Czech Republic and the University of Waterloo, Canada.
) is a European Training Network funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 859891. The consortium comprises of 18 universities, research institutions, enterprises and partner organisations in 9 European countries and Canada, creating a novel platform for training a network of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the field of advanced Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA). Research and training are provided through PhD programmes. The PRORISK training programme and secondments in international, interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral teams in academia, industry and regulatory bodies will enable ESRs to address exposure, ecotoxicology, ecosystem services, as well as assessment and modelling of risks and their socio-economic impacts. The ESRs within PRORISK will gain professional skills allowing them to develop and implement innovative ERA concepts and tools to link the effects of chemicals at different levels of biological organization to ecosystem services and determine the socio-economic values of related environmental impacts. Each ESR will complete a comprehensive personalized career development programme, with targeted training measures and participate in a range of network events. The ESR will benefit from interdisciplinary cooperation and interaction within the network, providing them with the best preparation for a successful career in either academia or industry.Your duties
The PhD student, ESR14, will focus on
SCA eligibility criteria
- developing novel methods for socio-economic evaluation of chemical effects on the provision of ecosystem services and natural capital
- quantifying potential economic, social and environmental costs and benefits associated with risk exposure
- accounting for distributional impacts across different stakeholders in time and space
- testing the impact of risk communication formats on public perception and valuation of chemicals and ecosystem services
- At the date of recruitment the applicants for the MSCA fellowship must have no PhD and less than 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience from the award of the degree that entitles them to undertake a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the applicant is to be recruited)
- The applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account
These eligibility requirements are non-negotiable and ineligible applicants will not be considered. Eligible applicants can be of any nationality.