A three-year PhD fellowship in ecotoxicology is available at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Nord University (Bodø, Norway) from January 1, 2021.
FBA invites applications from outstanding candidates for a three-year PhD fellowship within the NFR-financed project: “Are rare earth elements emerging contaminants of concern in the marine environment in Norway?”. The project aims to investigate impacts of rare earth elements on the marine environment, focusing on impacts of aquaculture and effects on fish.
Project summary: Despite their name, rare earth elements (REEs) are among the more abundant elements in the Earth`s crust. Their unique physical-chemical properties are essential for innovative and green technologies and has led to increased production and release into the environment. In Norway, very little is known about the concentrations of anthropogenic REEs in the coastal environment, and the potential effects on marine organisms. As REEs are also being increasingly used as animal feed supplements, the aim of this project is to screen for such metals near salmon aquaculture facilities and study their potential impacts on fish.
The PhD will be in charge of planning and conducting field and laboratory experiments, collect and analyze data, and evaluate to which degree REEs represent an environmental threat.