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The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

Applications are invited for our PhD programme, to start in September 2023.

Are you interested in helping to solve some of the most pressing issues concerning the natural environment? Are you keen to develop advanced research skills that can equip you for a wide range of future careers? For these reasons and more, you may be an ideal candidate to apply for a studentship with the London NERC DTP.

The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership brings together eight of the world’s leading research centres in environmental science. Our partnership provides you with the opportunity for innovative doctoral training in a multidisciplinary research environment and fosters links between centres of research excellence, spanning the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) environmental science remit.

PhD studentships are available across a suite of research themes:

  • Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation
  • Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes
  • Environmental Hazards & Pollution
  • Environmental Physics & Mathematical Modelling
  • Evolution & Adaptation
  • Past Life & Environments
  • Solid Earth Dynamics

For a description of each theme and a regularly updated list of potential PhD projects, visit our website:


The London NERC DTP appreciates and values difference, and we are seeking to attract, develop and retain a diverse mix of talented people from a wide range of academic backgrounds. We are committed to making Equality, Diversity and Inclusion an integral component of DTP life. We particularly welcome applications from those from minority ethnic groups, disadvantaged backgrounds or who have taken a career break.

There will be an opportunity for you to learn about the DTP and the application process by attending a webinar. Details will be posted on the London NERC DTP website.

Eligibility: NERC funding is subject to candidates meeting UKRI-NERC eligibility criteria and we also encourage eligible international applicants. There are options for part-time and flexible study.

How to apply

Application is via an online form on our website:

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Thursday 5th January 2023.

All applications will be anonymised prior to evaluation.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in February 2023.

Meet the Supervisor(s)

Andreas Kortenkamp - Traditional chemicals risk assessment has a quite artificial orientation: It treats chemicals as if they act in isolation, when in reality there is exposure to multiple substances. For more than 15 years, our team have been engaged in efforts to find ways of improving risk assessment by taking “cocktail effects” into account. This work has proceeded in stages: Firstly, when we have information about the toxicity of individual mixture components, is it possible to predict the effects of the combination? Working with mixtures of endocrine disrupting chemicals we have shown that this is achievable. Secondly, what is the composition of mixtures of environmental relevance, and what effects do they produce? Work on this aspect of the mixtures issue is currently proceeding in our group. We are also interested in making an impact on chemical regulation by addressing the questions: Which chemicals should be grouped together for mixtures risk assessment? What are scientifically sound grouping criteria? We have prepared scientific reports for the European Commission, including the State of the Art Report on Mixture Toxicology. Currently we are writing a State of the Art Assessment for Endocrine Disrupters, a project also commissioned by the European Commission. Another research interest is in unravelling the details of estrogen signalling and estrogen-mediated effects with a view to understanding hormonal cancers, especially breast cancer. Here, I closely collaborate with Dr Elisabete Silva. Qualifications1983: Degree in Chemistry, Philosophy and Educational Sciences from University of Muenster, Germany 1989: PhD (with distinction) from Bremen University, Bremen, Germany Career 1990-1991: Post-doctoral Fellow at Queen Mary London, University of London. 1991-2000: Lecturer in Environmental Toxicology, School of Pharmacy, University of London, London. 2000-2005: Senior Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, University of London, London. 2005-2007: Reader and Head of Centre for Toxicology, School of Pharmacy, University of London, London. 2007-2011: Professor for Molecular Toxicology, Head of Centre for Toxicology, School of Pharmacy, University of London, London. 2011-present: Professor in the Institute for the Environment, Brunel University.