November 28, 2018

Geochemical controls on the dermal absorption of organic soil contaminants

This CASE PhD studentship is a unique opportunity to make significant advances in the field of organic geochemistry and risk-based land management of post-industrial brownfield land. You will develop in vitro laboratory methods to measure the dermal absorption of organic soil contaminants associated with former industrial sites. You will investigate some of the key controls on the release of these contaminants from soil by completing a placement in Australia of up to 6 months with a world leading research laboratory at the University of Newcastle, NSW. You will be encouraged to use predictive numerical modelling techniques to enhance understanding of the geochemical controls associated with the release of harmful chemicals from soil. Training will be provided where appropriate.

Your project is part of a programme of industry led research into potential uptake of organic soil contaminants where your PhD CASE funding is provided by National Grid Property Holdings. WSP, an international geoenvironmental consultancy, will be your CASE partner and you will spend 3 months within the company gaining real-world experience. You will benefit from an extensive training programme within the University of Nottingham, the British Geological Survey and the University of Newcastle, Australia. You will learn how to use GC-MS/MS, FTIR, NMR and associated laboratory methods to an expert level. You will also be trained in statistical and numerical modelling techniques to interpret and gain meaning from your results. The applied nature of the PhD means that this research project will provide you with an excellent chance of post-study employment in academia, government or the private sector.

The applicant will hold a minimum of a UK Honours Degree at 2:1 level in subjects such as Chemistry, Environmental Geoscience or Natural Sciences. A post-graduate qualification and/or some industrial experience is desirable. A strong foundation in analytical chemistry would be advantageous.

Please contact Dr. Chris Vane ( or Dr. Darren Beriro (