Analysis, Toxicity, Bioaccumulation, Biotransformation and Chemical Transformation of Emergent Toxins| CCMAR – Centro de Ciências do Mar do Algarve.
Research Project / Research Group Description
The presence of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in marine ecosystems and commercial shellfishery areas poses a substantial concern to public health due to their propensity to produce toxins that can bioaccumulate in commercially important fish and shellfish species. Because of the danger they pose, most European Union (EU) coastal countries have monitoring systems and regulations in place. Despite the increased incidence of HABs in the last decades due to climate change and anthropogenic activities, effective seafood monitoring programs have minimized human exposure to contaminated seafood and documented poisonings related to regulated marine biotoxins in EU. However, there has been a surge in reports of novel and emergent toxins in EU coastal waters. These emergent toxins include: (i) toxins that appear in waters and seafood where they were previously absent, (ii) non-regulated known toxins, which are of concern but for which additional toxicological evidence is needed before establishing further regulations, and (iii) recently discovered toxins.
Job position description
The candidate for this position will have a background in Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry. He/She should be motivated to work on a multidisciplinary project that combines marine ecology with analytical and structural chemistry, under the supervision of José Paulo da Silva and Sandra Lage, two prominent researchers in their respective disciplines.
He/She will receive specific training in Liquid chromatography–high-resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMnS), Preparative Chromatography (LC-Prep), Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and Infrared Microscopy (µ-FTIR), and in various other skills, such as scientific writing and oral communication. He/She will also participate in international stays at renowned research centers.