Sweden : PhD-student-position in Environmental Chemistry

Sweden : PhD-student-position in Environmental Chemistry

A large share of industrial chemicals lack information on environmental properties and health effects. In silico based models have the potential to reduce data gaps and number of animal tests. The European chemicals legislation, REACH, has introduced in silico tools, such as quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) models and read-across approaches, as priority setting tools. This research project is entitled "QSARs and other non-testing instruments to reduce animal tests: From science to regulatory decisions" and is a collaboration with regulatory toxicologists at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. The aim of the project is to reach in-depth understanding of in silico instruments in a regulatory context and their use to predict fate, and environmental and human health related effects. Your part of the project aims to develop QSAR and read-across tools for risk assessment procedures of industrial chemicals. In particular, you will develop and evaluate new models using multivariate statistics and computational chemistry tools.
The application should include a letter of intent, certified curriculum vitae that includes information on previous education, copies of master´s or bachelor´s thesis if available, publications and other documents supporting your competence and suitability for the position. We also want e-mail address and phone number to two reference persons. The application may be written in English or Swedish.
Prerequisites include either i) 240 ECTS credits of higher education studies of which 60 should be on an advanced level (Master level), or ii) 120 Swedish (old) credits (corresponding to 180 ECTS credits) of higher education studies if they were taken before July 1, 2007 or equivalent competence. Advanced course(s) in Environmental Chemistry is required and advanced course(s) in Mathematics, Computational Chemistry, Chemometrics and Toxicology is qualifying.
The successful applicant should have good ability to write and speak in English, creativity, power of initiative, independence and ability to collaborate. Evaluations will be based on results on University courses, quality of master´s or bachelor´s thesis, references, interviews and the letter of intent. A PhD education is 4 years (48 months) and the PhD-student will get a formal position at the start of the project (Sw: "doktorandanställning"). Up to 10 % as teaching assistant may be included in the position (then the position will be extended accordingly).
Questions about the position will be answered by Associate Prof. Patrik Andersson, phone +46 (0)90 786 56 22, e-mail:

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Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SEKO, +46-(0)90-786 52 96 and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.
Applications will be discarded or, if the applicant so wishes, returned two years after the position has been filled. Documents sent electronically should be in MS Word or PDF format. If you are applying to several positions with different reference numbers, you must submit a separate application for each position.
Your complete application, marked with reference number 313-510-10, should be sent to (state the reference number as subject) or to the registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive June 10, 2010 at the latest.
Tentative Application Deadline : 10 June 2010
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