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Vacancies and opportunities to study or work with the Otter Project.

PhD opportunity

Exposure to, and risks from synthetic chemicals in terrestrial and freshwater biota: drivers and consequences of landscape scale variation

Jointly with the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Syngenta and HSE Chemical Regulations Division, we are pleased to offer an exciting new PhD opportunity for those interested in ecotoxicology. The project aims to develop a deeper understanding of the temporal and spatial variation in ecosystem exposure to synthetic pollutants, at a landscape scale, and potential implications for affected systems.

This project is one of 12 projects being advertised by the NERC-funded Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment Towards Sustainable Chemical Use (ECORISC) Centre for Doctoral Training programme.

To be considered, please complete the application form.

Deadline for applications is 17:00 on Sunday 16 May 2021.

Further information and details on how to apply are in the PDF below. Please email if you have any questions.

Otter Project PhD

Details on how to apply for the Otter Project PhD.

Master's research projects

We always welcome inquiries from students looking for postgraduate research opportunities.

Cardiff University offers a Master of Research (MRes) in Biosciences, which is open for applications until July each year. There is an initial taught programme of key research skills, followed by an eight month individual research project. We would love to hear from anyone interested in doing research with the Otter Project as part of this Master's.

Cardiff University also offer a (taught) Master of Science in Global Ecology and Conservation, with an intake in September each year. Students will carry out an individual research project focusing on a specific area of ecology and/or conservation, and we welcome students to join our Otter Project team for this research. The projects usually run from May until September, after the four core taught modules are completed.

For details on how to apply, visit the Bioscience (MRes) page or the MSc in Global Ecology and Conservation page.

Placement years

We have filled our spaces for placement students for academic year 2021-22. If you are an undergraduate, from any university, and are interested in a placement for academic year 2022-23, look out for adverts early next year on Facebook, Twitter and our website. This placement allows students to develop their research, data handling, spatial mapping, post mortem and public engagement skills. It is is designed for undergraduates for their professional training year which occurs in third year, however we accept applications from anyone. No previous experience needed.

Research collaboration opportunities

We welcome approaches from potential visiting researchers. Please contact us to discuss any collaboration ideas.

Contact us

Dr Elizabeth Chadwick

Dr Elizabeth Chadwick

Senior Lecturer

+44 (0)29 2087 4948
Dr Frank Hailer

Dr Frank Hailer


+44 (0)29 2087 4125