Long term effect of microplastic pollution on an amphipod
8h per week, 6-12 months, "As Soon As Possible"
Environmental pollution with plastics, especially microplastics, has attracted considerable interest from the research community as well as the wider public. It remains largely unclear however, what the impacts of environmental plastic pollution for organisms are. Principally, the current lack of data from long-term exposures to microplastics severely hampers risk estimations. To address this knowledge gap, we are conducting full life cycle exposure experiments (including offspring generations) with amphipods. To help maintaining the experimental amphipod cultures in our aquarium facility, we are looking for an assistant.
•Opportunity to gain experience with hands-on experimental research in the area of toxicology, i.e. the standardized collection of data to monitor animal behavior in response to microplastics
•Learning and exploring the techniques required for amphipod culturing; these animals are commonly used for ecotoxicological assessments and techniques are thus relevant in a wider context
•Opportunity to conduct experiments independently
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