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PhD Position, Risk screening of advanced materials and emerging risks

Seeking highly motivated and diverse candidates for a PhD position at NC State University within the Department of Applied Ecology under the supervision of Dr. Khara Grieger. The PhD candidate will focus on developing and implementing interdisciplinary approaches to evaluate potential environmental, health, and societal impacts of advanced materials and emerging risks. This work will be conducted in collaboration with a newly launched NSF-funded Science and Technology Center focused on phosphorus sustainability, STEPS (https://steps-center.org/). As STEPS is housed at NC State, the student will also work with faculty and students across the university and partner institutions. The ideal candidate is familiar with risk sciences including risk evaluations of novel advanced materials and is interested in communicating potential risks to academic and non-academic audiences.


The PhD candidate will conduct research to evaluate potential environmental, health, and societal impacts of new advanced materials and/or technologies associated with the STEPS center, many of which are used in food, agriculture, and water sectors. In addition, the candidate will communicate results from their research to a range of stakeholders, including scientists, researchers, industry, policy-makers among others. The PhD candidate will be expected to lead manuscripts and other publications that report the research results and present at conferences and workshops. 


The PhD candidate will start the position in early 2022 and join NC State’s Biology Graduate Program, specializing in the Integrative Biology concentration that integrates multiple concentrations and fields.


Application Deadline: October 15, 2021

Application Instructions: 


The Department of Applied Ecology at NC State is strongly committed to enhancing our diversity, inclusion, and equity practices. Women and individuals from historically underrepresented groups and backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

Position: PhD Position, Risk screening of advanced materials and emerging risks
Organization: North Carolina State University
Location: Raleigh,  NC 
United States
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 9/8/2021

Required Skills: BS or MS in natural sciences, biology, environmental engineering, risk sciences (e.g. toxicology), or other STEM-related fields, with strong analytical and communication skills. The PhD candidate must be able to work independently as well as work well with others, take initiatives, actively communicate, be able to write manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, and meet deadlines.

Preferred Skills: Familiarity with risk sciences, risk screening, risk governance, Science, Technology, & Society (STS), and responsible research and innovation literature, as well as interest or experience in community outreach and education.

Status: This listing expires on: 10/8/2021
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North Carolina State University

Raleigh,  NC 27695-7617
United States
Khara Grieger

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