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Environmental Research PhD Internship
P&G’s Environmental Stewardship organization has a strong history in conducting safety assessments and developing an understanding of behavior of different chemicals in the environment. We are seeking a PhD level student with a strong chemistry/toxicology or environmental science/engineering and laboratory research background to help build capability in terrestrial and sediment environmental risk assessment (ERA). The project will involve conducting a global landscape assessment of terrestrial and sediment ERA; and include an exploration of current agricultural practices with biosolids from treatment plants; and an analysis of how the agricultural chemical industry approaches terrestrial ERA, and how this can be applied to the consumer products industry. Additional topics that can be explored are sensitivity analyses on the use of traditional physicochemical properties in predicting no effect
concentrations in terrestrial and sediment compartments and as drivers of the overall assessment; or to build a database of sediment toxicity data to derive an ecological toxicological threshold of concern (eco-TTC) type threshold. Some parts of the project can be tailored to the student’s specific interests and strengths within the scope of overall project needs. The outcome of these studies will help strengthen the capability and knowledge base within the organization in the conductance of terrestrial and sediment safety assessments.
Key Priorities, Deliverables, or Outcomes of This Position:
1) Conduct literature search and review on existing methodology for terrestrial and sediment risk assessment in consumer products and agrochemicals industries, regulatory agencies in US, Canada, Europe and Japan.
2) Review of global practices with biosolids and agricultural practices, including temporal and geographical trends.
3) Sensitivity and uncertainty analysis of physical chemical properties influencing predited no effect concentrations.
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