The REACH Centre


3 Year Industry-led funded PhD:

Evidence synthesis methods for 21st-century chemical risk assessment

This project seeks to develop novel techniques for aggregating and appraising evidence of environmental health risks posed by chemical substances, as a major contribution to a new and dynamic field of study within chemical risk research.

The candidate should be a methodical and independent thinker with an appetite for desk-based research. Candidates with any good quality degree will be considered, although familiarity with systematic review methods, meta-analytical techniques, statistics, toxicology, chemistry and/or evidence-based policy-making would be an advantage. By conducting high-impact research of important practical value, interfacing with industry, academic and regulatory collaborators, the candidate will enjoy strong employment prospects.

Industry Partner

This doctoral research project will be supervised by Lancaster University and The REACH Centre. The REACH Centre (TRC) is one of the leading international providers of regulatory guidance, scientific and analytical services, and training to industry in the field of chemicals management and risk assessment. TRC's integrated services ensure customers are able to effectively manage and comply with current and future chemicals legislation.

Application deadline

Sunday 30th October 2016

With a view to commencing the project at the start of January 2017.

Why Apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will receive £15,000 tax free per year, have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth £4,121/year (fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,085/year to £12,964/year), become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D, and finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas. This post is subject to confirmation of European Union funding.

How to apply

To apply for this opportunity please email with:

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

This doctoral research project is one of a cohort of industry-led funded research projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.

At the heart of the Centre are people who are researching, developing and innovating to address global challenges, including energy, water, natural capital, resource efficiency, food, and waste, to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Launched in 2012 the Centre and has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.