Applications invited for PhD Fellowship in Environmental Biotechnology

Applications invited for PhD Fellowship in Environmental Biotechnology

Organization: IHE Delft

Apply By: 01 Sep 2019

About the organization

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and is based in Delft, the Netherlands. The Institute confers fully accredited MSc degrees, and PhD degrees in collaboration with partner universities


IHE Delft offers a PhD fellowship as part of the “NOMAD” Project. Within the PhD research project, different lab trials will be conducted to evaluate different methods for the removal of endocrine disrupters.


Digestate supernatant from farming activities will be characterized to determine the main endocrine disrupters. The following removal processes on the liquid phase are foreseen:

  • adsorption (using activated carbon and/or biochar as carrying material);
  • membrane (e.g. ultrafiltration, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis);
  • direct advanced oxidation (based on ozone, UV, and hydrogen peroxide generation);
  • indirect advanced oxidation (generation of hydroxyl radicals via electric pulses); and,
  • biodegradability enhancing (e.g. through the application of electric pulses and direct as well as indirect advanced oxidation processes).

Duration: 4 years

Fellowship: €1190 /month

Allowance: €300/year (book) / €35/month (study material)

Other cost coverage: Residence permit / Health Insurance


The ideal PhD candidate must fulfil the following requirements:

  • a Master’s degree in environmental biotechnology, environmental engineering, sanitary engineering or alike;
  • proven experience/knowledge on the removal and analytical determination of endocrine disrupter compounds and their metabolites is a strong advantage;
  • proven record of publications is a plus;
  • excellent proficiency in spoken and written English;
  • excellent communicational skills and ability to work independently in a heterogeneous and dynamic team;

How to Apply

The application to this PhD fellowship must contain the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter
  • List of publications

Please, send the application to the secretaries of the Environmental Engineering and Water Technology (EEWT) Department to the following e-mail SecretariatEEWT@un-ihe.org before September 1st, 2019, with the subject “NOMAD PhD application”.

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