The Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health is part of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science and is responsible for undergraduate and post-graduate education and research on pathology, pharmacology, toxicology, immunology, virology, parasitology bacteriology, food safety and epizootology.
Combination effects of toxic substances and elements in children and adolescents
The production/use of chemicals has increased during many decades, resulting in contamination of food and drinking water. The aim of the project is to characterize chemical compound/element mixture exposure of children and adolescents in Sweden, and to elucidate if these mixtures affect child/adolescent health development. Birth weight, thyroid hormones, cholesterol and vaccination antibodies are used as markers of health effects. The project is a collaboration between SLU and the Swedish National Food Agency (NFA) using data from the NFA studies 'Riksmaten' and POPUP. The Riksmaten study is a nation-wide food consumption survey and POPUP is a mother/child cohort. The goal of the project is to identify the most toxic mixtures and the chemicals that are responsible for observed relations with health outcomes. The results will be an important scientific base for risk-limiting decisions taken by authorities that are involved in risk management of PFASs both nationally and internationally.
Apart from required course work, important tasks are handling and processing of data from Riksmaten and POPUP, including chemical exposure and birth outcomes, health biomarkers in blood, food habits, lifestyle, demographics and medical factors. Statistical analyses of associations between chemical mixture exposure and health outcomes of the study participants. Authoring of scientific and popular scientific articles, and communication of results at scientific meetings and to stakeholders are other important tasks.
Qualifications:MSc in toxicology/nutrition/biomedicine/public health or equivalent education level. Experiences of nutritional/environmental epidemiology or environmental medicine studies are merits, as well as good knowledge about multivariate statistical methods used in epidemiology. Emphasis is placed on personal characteristics such as interpersonal skills, collaborative skills, high motivation and enthusiasm, as well as ability to work both independently and in a team. Documented proficiency in English (both spoken and written) is required. The appointment will be based, among other things, on the applicant´s motivation for the application.
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Forms for funding or employment:Employment 4 years
Starting date:According to agreement
Application:We welcome your application no later than 2019-01-31, use the button below.
A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.
Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dessertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.
Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your apssport with your personal data and phograghy.
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Anders Glynn, Professor