Open positions for excellent and highly motivated candidates with interest in water science and technology having an MSc degree in microbiology, chemistry, (applied) physics, bio-technology, chemical engineering, electronics, mechanical engineering, or related disciplines.
Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology is a facilitating intermediary for trendsetting know-how development. Wetsus creates a unique environment and strategic cooperation for development of profitable and sustainable state of the art water treatment technology. The inspiring and multidisciplinary collaboration between companies and research institutes from all over Europe in Wetsus results in innovations that contribute significantly to the solution of the global water problems.
To stimulate mobility of researchers and to further internationalize the research program, Wetsus received funding for the WaterSEED project from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 665874. The best eligible candidates will be awarded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship.
The Wetsus research program brings together research on water technology from over 16 universities from all over Europe in one physical location in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. The research is demand driven through active participation of more than 100 industrial partners in the program. Key elements in the program are the strong focus on interdisciplinary interaction, entrepreneurial skills and societal relevance.
The available PhD positions are:
- Combined removal of antimicrobial resistance and pharmaceuticals from wastewater – (environmental) microbiology, process engineering, water technology - Promotor: prof.dr.ir. Mark van Loosdrecht (Environmental Biotechnology at TU Delft)
- Phosphate recovery in combination with Kaumera (EPS) extraction from aerobic granular sludge – biotechnology, inorganic chemistry, (bio) chemistry - Promotor: Prof. Mark van Loosdrecht (Delft University of Technology)
- Machine learning approach for metagenomic data interpretation in water process control – systems biology, mathematical modelling, machine learning, molecular microbiology - Promotor: Prof. dr. Bayu Jayawardhana (University of Groningen, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Mechatronics and Control of Nonlinear Systems)
- Development of new biological desulfurization processing schemes – biotechnology, environmental technology, chemical technology - Promotor: Prof.dr.ir. Cees Buisman (Wageningen University, Environmental Technology)
- Biostabilisation of Drinking Water using Hydrogen – (environmental) microbiology, biotechnology, water technology, process engineering - Promotor: prof. Henny van der Mei (Biofilms and biomaterials, UMCG University medical center Groningen)
Salary and working conditions are according to the collective labor agreement of the Cooperative Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) for PhD students. Per 1-2-2019 the salary for a PhD student as determined by the collective labor agreement are (in Euros before tax per year): €32.550 (year 1), €37.926 (year 2), €39.690(year 3) and €41.608 (year 4). PhD students are appointed by one of the cooperating universities but research is conducted at the Wetsus laboratory in Leeuwarden.
Deadline: 8 May 2020.