Fully Funded PhD Studentship: “Understanding the persistence, transformation and fate of CIPC in commercial potato stores to help guard against cross-contamination."
Issued: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:00:00 GMT
This studentship is one of 19 PhD projects, starting 2014, awarded funding as part of the studentship programme run by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to grow new industry talent and deliver science with practical industry benefits. Applications are invited from qualified candidates wishing to embark on a full-time research programme commencing in autumn 2014.
Understanding the persistence, transformation and fate of CIPC in commercial potato stores to help guard against cross-contamination
This PhD studentship, based at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC, East Kilbride), will focus on the germination and cross contamination problems brought about in potato stores by CIPC residues. The student will also spend time working with our AHDB – Potato Council collaborators at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (Spalding, Lincs.). The recent discovery of CIPC residue in grain has highlighted the risk of cross contamination of sensitive commodities housed in stores with a history of CIPC use. A thorough understanding of the persistence, transformation and fate of CIPC in potato stores is therefore essential to better understand the risk of cross-contamination and to enable recommendations to be made on best practice within stores. This PhD studentship is very practical in nature and will involve: (i) development of analytical methods for trace level CIPC analysis in a range of complex matrices including building materials and fresh agricultural commodities using HPLC and/or LC-MS, (ii) environmental sampling of agricultural commodities to investigate the route of, and degree of, cross-contamination of CIPC on sensitive commodities and (iii) building fabric coring techniques to determine the degree and depth of penetration of CIPC within the fabric and (iv) the behaviour of CIPC within the fabric. The overall project aim is to develop appropriate decontamination strategies. The student will be enrolled within the Graduate School of the College of Science and Engineering, University of Glasgow and graduate from the University of Glasgow.
Supervisors: Dr Gillian MacKinnon (SUERC), Professor Gordon Cook (SUERC), and Dr Harry Duncan (University of Glasgow).
Applicants are encouraged to discuss the position informally with the lead supervisor, Dr. Gillian MacKinnon (Gillian.MacKinnon@glasgow.ac.uk).
Applicants should submit 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) a statement of research interests and 3) contact details of two people who will provide an academic reference.
Funding and eligibility
The studentship is open to graduates with an analytical chemistry/environmental chemistry/agricultural chemistry or related background with a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent. The studentship is fully funded for four years by the AHDB Potato Council.
Closing date for applications: 30th May 2014.
See postgraduate study page for further details.