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Radboud University Nijmegen

The Radboud University (RU) in Nijmegen is a large student-oriented research university with 17,500 students and 10,000 employees, covering 107 educational programs and 21 research institutes. The Department of Environmental Science (DES) coordinates the MSc program in Environmental Sciences, rated the best in the Netherlands during two consecutive periods. The research of DES focuses on chemical risk assessment and water management, in particular on the interface of both. Integrated fate, exposure and effect models are developed, tested and applied in projects granted by governmental and non-governmental organizations. Topics include environmentally relevant issues as spatial exposure variability, mechanism-based accumulation and toxicity modeling, ecological and human health indicators, fate and toxicity of nano-materials. DES participates in several EU projects involving substances, including NOMIRACLE, CADASTER and NANOINTERACT.

Prof. dr. Jan Hendriks is head of the Department of Environmental Science (5 tenure staff, 20 PhDs). His research focuses on ecotoxicological modeling, ranging from accumulation kinetics of (xeno-)biotic substances to population dynamics of species under toxic and non-toxic stress. Generic, widely applicable and mechanism-based models are parameterized using well-known characteristics of substances (e.g., Kow) and species (e.g., adult mass) and tested using large field data sets. He participates in the management of the national research school SENSE, coordinating PhD education and research of over 80 groups in environmental disciplines. The foreseen extent of involvement in percent of the full time employment is 20%.

1.Velzeboer I, Hendriks AJ, Ragas AM, van de Meent D. AquaticEcotoxicity Tests of Some Nanomaterials. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 2008.
2.Smit MG, …. Hendriks AJ. Species sensitivity distributions for suspended clays, sediment burial, and grain size change in the marine environment. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 2008 27(4):1006-12.
3.Hendriks AJ, Traas TP, Huijbregts MA. Critical body residues linked to octanol-water partitioning, organism composition, and LC50 QSARs: meta-analysis and model. Environ Sci Technol. 2005 39(9):3226-36.

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