PhD position in Modelling at CERAD

PhD position in Modelling at CERAD

Title: PhD scholarship within Environmental Radioactivity/Radioecology – Modelling radionuclide transfer – Ref. no 17/01890

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Resource Management (MINA) has a vacant 3 year Ph.D–position within environmental radioactivity/radioecology. The research will focus on modelling transfer of radionuclides in the environment with a focus on food-chains, and is connected to the CoE CERAD.

Project: The present PhD project will be an integrated part of CERAD and the work will be performed in close collaboration with other projects on dynamic transfer and multiple effects, thus offering scientific synergy and stimulating environment to the PhD- candidate. The CERAD consortium provides expertise on different aspects relevant to the PhD, including various tools and methodologies used in modelling the transfer and fate of radionuclides in environmental systems. The PhD work will also be part of national and international project collaboration.

A key uncertainty in radiological risk assessment can be attributed to the environmental transfer of radionuclides. The use of equilibrium or steady state models (as often adopted by scientists assessing the risks associated with radioactivity in the environment) do not allow the true dynamics of the system to be captured, especially in cases where ambient concentrations are changing rapidly. Several modelling tools and approaches have been developed in recent years to address this limitation, but many of these have not been validated widely or adapted for application under diverse situations/scenarios. The objective of this project will be to further develop and test models used for radiological risk assessment (with emphasis on food-chains) in combination with experimental and field studies to parameterize the dynamic transfer model.

Closing date: 01/06/2016

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Further information: Please contact Prof Deborah Oughton; email: phone +47 9542882 or Dr Justin Brown, email: +47 40646511