The aim of this project is to investigate the sewage epidemiologyapproach for new drugs/psychoactive compounds and their metabolites. At UA, we will investigate if sewage epidemiology can be used to identify and characterize the use of “new and emerging” substances on the drug market and to estimate their consumption. The constant appearance of new substances on the drug market and changes in patterns of illicit drug use has serious implications for drug policy. The European Monitoring Centre for Drug and Drug Addiction requires better knowledge, together with timely and objective information.
You are either an EU citizen or from outside the EU (subject to relevant immigration formalities), who has spent less than 12 months in Belgium in the last three years (e.g. to be eligible for this position, applicants must have spent less than 12 months in Belgium over the last 3 years). Fluency in oral and written English is required. Basic knowledge of Dutch is an asset. You have a Master in Sciences degree in chemistry, pharmacy, or an equivalent discipline. You must also be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of your research careers. This is measured from the date when the degree was obtained that would formally entitle you to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in Belgium. You are familiar with chromatographic techniques (e.g. LC-MS) and are willing to take additional training courses You have a strong interest in scientific research Equal consideration will be given to female or male applicants. The Marie Curie programme also encourages the participation of applicants returning to research after a career break.