MSc Research-Studentship in Aquatic Ecophysiology

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"A novel, green technology for environmental remediation of chloro-aromatic contaminants"

Department of Zoology, Ecology & Plant Sciences

University College Cork - Ireland

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supported MSc studentship is available in the Department of Zoology, Ecology & Plant Sciences, University College Cork.

Supervisor: Dr. Marcel Jansen

A committed and motivated researcher is sought for an EPA funded project entitled “A novel, green technology for environmental remediation of chloro-aromatic contaminants”.

In this project we will investigate the capability of duckweeds (Lemnaceae) to detoxify halogenated-organic pollutants, with the help of enzymes secreted in to the plant-aquasphere interface.

Specifically, we will optimise reaction conditions, establish substrate-profiles, and work towards the development of a Lemna-bioreactor.

This project has both ecological and biotechnological relevance. The project is collaboration between Dr. Marcel Jansen (ZEPS, UCC) and Dr. Dave Sheehan (Biochemistry, UCC).

Student profile:

The successful applicant will hold a good, relevant degree with a specialization in Aquatic Biology, Biochemistry or Plant Sciences, and ideally have some experience in Chemistry.

The student should be highly motivated, fluent in English and have excellent laboratory skills.

We expect the student to work within the timetable set for the project. The student will be enrolled in the UCC degree programme.

UCC students are required to carry out some 50 hours per year of unpaid student demonstration within ZEPS.

This post is fixed-term for a period of 2 years (stipend circa €14,000 pa including postgraduate fees).

Applicants should send a CV and a covering letter including details of two referees to Dr. Marcel Jansen by email (

Informal enquiries may also be directed to Dr. Marcel Jansen.

Dr Marcel Jansen,
Department of Zoology,
Ecology & Plant Sciences (ZEPS) Butler Building,
Distillery Field,
University College Cork.
Phone +353 21 4904558
This post will remain open till a suitable candidate has been identified.

It is envisaged that the studentship will start in November or December.

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