Predoctoral contract to study the indirect adverse effects of triazole fungicides on birds

    The IREC Wildlife Toxicology Research Group offers a predoctoral contract within the framework of the AVIAZOL Project to study the indirect adverse effects of triazole fungicides on birds


    The Research Group in Wildlife Toxicology of the Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC – CSIC, UCLM, JCCM) is looking for a candidate to carry out his doctoral thesis in the field of “AVIAZOL Project: Unraveling the route of adverse effects of triazole fungicides on birds and tools for their regulatory risk assessment“.

    The selected person will carry out their research on the effects of triazole fungicides on arthropods. The thesis will consist, on the one hand, of a experimental part which will consist of evaluating the effects of these phytosanitary products on two model species, the mealworm (order Coleoptera) and the silkworm (order Lepidoptera), analyzing parameters related to endocrine disruption caused by the alteration of the composition of sterols in the body.

    On the other hand, it will be Field work with the purpose of monitoring the abundance and diversity of invertebrate communities in agricultural areas of different regions of Spain and of applying the experimentally obtained biomarkers to the characterization of toxic effects in natural populations.

    The ultimate goal of the study is to evaluate how the effects of triazole fungicides on the invertebrates that constitute the diet of insectivorous birds, and of the chickens of many granivorous birds, can lead to indirect effects on these birds.

    “AVIAZOL Project: Unraveling the route of adverse effects of triazole fungicides on birds and tools for their regulatory risk assessment”.

    Candidates must meet the requirements to enroll in a doctoral program during the 2021-22 academic year. Interested persons must submit their application to the call for grants for pre-doctoral contracts for the training of doctors (year 2021) of the State Research Agency, selecting the indicated project (reference PID2020-119767RB-I00), until November 11, 2021

    The access to the request is done through this link. However, those interested are recommended to send a copy of their CV and academic certificates before November 5, 2021 to the principal investigators of the project, Dr. Rafael Mateo (rafael.mateo@uclm.es) and Dr. Manuel E. Ortiz ((ManuelE.Ortiz@uclm.es).

    The "AVIAZOL Project: Unraveling the route of adverse effects of triazole fungicides on birds and tools for their regulatory risk assessment“(PID2020-119767RB-I00) is funded by: