AXIOM provides an early stage research forum for doctoral studies integrated into applied research projects dealing with transformation and fate of organic chemicals in the environment.
Microbiologists, hydrologists, chemists, and ecologists will be trained in the application of novel stable isotope techniques to evaluate the fate of organic contaminants in the context of contaminated land rehabilitation and testing of the environmental behaviour of chemicals. Within this research area, interdisciplinary stable isotope approaches receive increasing attention in both applied science and academia. AXIOM helps to implement the knowledge of well-trained isotope specialists into the field of environmental biogeochemistry in Europe.
In an inter-sectorial approach the fellows will apply: stable isotope techniques to assess the in situ transformation of organic chemicals and microbiological techniques to elucidate factors controlling the in situ transformation. This includes scientific and technical aspects to investigate metabolite production, bioavailability, assessment of environmental stress factors and the elucidation of microbial diversity. This combination will provide training on the application of scientific results in the field of risk assessment, rehabilitation of contaminated soils, ground water and sediments, natural attenuation strategies and other remediation measures.
Because of its integrated training concept, AXIOM will provide a close collaboration of the trainees with possible future employers to improve their market opportunities within interdisciplinary academia, industry, government and consultants. The thoroughly structured training program provides a research platform for short-term fellowships as well as European Ph.D. students to strengthen thematic program orientated research skills with respect to multilateral scientific project organisation.
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