PhD Student to assess exposure and health effects of pesticides

Updated: 3 months ago

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is a world-leading institute in global health with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries. Associated with the University of Basel, Swiss TPH combines research, services, and education and training at the local, national and international level. About 850 people from more than 80 nations work at Swiss TPH focusing on infectious and non-communicable diseases, environment, society and health as well as health systems and interventions.

The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH), within Swiss TPH, develops and applies epidemiological, statistical and mathematical methods to advance innovation, validation and application in the field of public health. Within the Ecosystem Health Sciences Unit of EPH we are currently looking for a committed and enthusiastic: PhD Student (100%) to assess exposure and health effects of pesticides.

About the Research Project
The position is linked to the Transformation in Pesticide Governance (TRAPEGO) project) which is funded under the Sinergia programme of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF; project partner institutions: University of Bern, Swiss TPH, eawag, ETH Zürich and FiBL. The TRAPEGO project aims to assess the potential for sustainable transformation of Swiss agriculture with a specific focus on negative externalities for environmental and public health that stem from pesticide use. The project is an inter- and transdisciplinary endeavor involving epidemiologists, political scientists, agronomists, environmental scientists, decision- and media-analysts, and experts in transdisciplinary science. Swiss TPH will lead the human exposure and health assessment components of the project, aiming to assess exposure levels and sources for commonly used pesticides in selected population subgroups and to assess
their association with wellbeing and health symptoms. This is done through innovative health science research comparing cohorts of farming and rural non-farming families.

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