Welsh Government PhD Placement: Anti-microbial Resistance in the Water Environment

Deadline for submission of applications: 31st May 2024

There are many challenges facing our water bodies and the effective functioning of our water systems. The continuous supply of safe and clean water is under pressure from climate change, extreme weather events, increased pollution levels and population growth. An emerging threat to healthy water systems comes from the pharmaceutical industry and the over-use of antibiotics, leading to the prevalent antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in living organism and the wider environment. AMR is regarded as a global and complex threat to human health.

The Water and Flood Division of Welsh Government (WG) is seeking a PhD student for a placement opportunity within one of its teams. Water is one of Wales’ most valuable natural assets and an essential contributor to our economy. The Water team is responsible for developing bespoke policy for Wales for sustainably managing its water systems, including inland waters, estuaries and coastal waters. The team also oversees the effective functioning of Wales’ water industry and safeguards drinking water quality in line with statutory specifications.

The successful candidate would be expected to consider and evaluate the findings of the previous studies, developing policy recommendations for managing the AMR risk in water, and identifying gaps in evidence as well as areas for further investigation.

The Welsh Government has been actively involved in developing the 2024-2029 UK National Action Plan which is expected to be published imminently. The postholder will also be tasked with developing a delivery plan for meeting the environmental commitments within the five year action plan. Contribution to briefings, cross-departmental meetings and supporting procurement exercises may be required. The post-holder will also actively support the development of longer-term policy direction in addressing water pollution issues and emerging threats to health and the environment.

For further information about the post and details of how to apply please download the following document:

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