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Funded PhD: Determination of the Key Parameters Influencing Dislodgeable Foliar Pesticide Residues

Topic: Determination of the Key Parameters Influencing Dislodgeable Foliar Pesticide Residues


Funding for: No restriction but must be fluent in English.

Stipend: Starts at £14,553.

Start date: January 2018.

Time period / hours: 4 years full-time.

Application deadline: 5pm, 31st October 2017.

This is a 1-year industrial knowledge exchange placement followed by a 3-year PhD studentship funded jointly by the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Syngenta plc.

Project description: Pesticide Dislodgeable Foliar Residues (DFRs) refers to the amount of pesticide residue on plant foliage that, on contact, can be transferred to, for example, human skin and clothing. These data are used in determining post-application human exposure to and risk from pesticides. The broad aim of this 4-yr work programme is to better understand the factors that affect the occurrence and behaviour of DFR’s with the intention of enabling the refinement of risk assessments. The work is expected to include analysis of existing large datasets, laboratory and field work, and analytical instrumentation. This is a unique opportunity to gain pesticide science experience working with a strong supervisory team and using exceptional research facilities available at both establishments. For more details visit:

Eligibility and requirements:

Essential minimum requirements:

  • Honours degree at 2:1 level or equivalent in a plant science related discipline;
  • Strong, proven data analytical skills including statistical analysis;
  • Willing and able to undertake field and laboratory work under own initiative;
  • Effective and proven communication skills including written and spoken fluency in English;
  • Computer literacy.

Desirable requirements:

  • Masters degree in an appropriate subject and/or relevant work experience;
  • Valid driving licence;
  • Good working knowledge of European crop protection.


The 4-year PhD studentship plus will pay an annual stipend starting at £14,553 in year 1 and all UK/EU tuition fees will be covered. In addition, a generous budget for other expenses such as a laptop and travel will be provided.


The student will receive training in all the necessary skills and techniques. The principal supervisors will be (i) at the University of Hertfordshire: Professor Kathy Lewis and Dr Doug Warner;(ii) at Syngenta: Dr Neil Morgan and Rob Mason. Other experts will be available as required.


  • Attendance will be required at two sites (Syngenta at Jealott’s Hill, Berkshire and the University of Hertfordshire – main campus in Hatfield and the Bayfordbury field station). Travel to and between sites will be at the students expense.
  • Interviews are expected to take place in mid-November.
  • Applicants from overseas may be interviewed via Skype.
  • Depending on the number of applicants, short-listing may take place and selected applicants may be asked to provide additional information (e.g. write a short essay on a relevant subject) or present a short presentation at a second interview. Applicants will be informed.

How to apply:

If you are eligible and interested in this opportunity, request an application pack from this email address:,complete the form and return to the same email address not later than the deadline date (31/10/2017).

Informal enquiries from potential applicants may also be made directly to Prof. Kathy Lewis ( Other information can be found at:

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