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PhD Treatment of industrial brines with high organic content

This 4-year PhD Researcher position is offered within the EU-funded WATER-MINING project, a 19 million euro project aiming to demonstrate innovative water …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


This 4-year PhD Researcher position is offered within the EU-funded WATER-MINING project, a 19 million euro project aiming to demonstrate innovative water resource solutions. As part of the project, demonstrations in Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Netherlands will be built to show novel and efficient ways to reclaim nutrients, minerals, energy and water from industrial and urban wastewaters and seawaters. The public-private consortium, led by TU Delft, consists of 38 public and private partners in 12 countries. The project aims to provide examples for real-world implementation of the Water Framework Directive to help the transition to Circular Economy, incorporating EU Green Deal packages.

The PhD project focusses on treatment of and resource recovery from saline industrial wastewater by various technologies, with a special emphasis on granular sludge. Most of the work will be based on lab-scale research. This position will require frequent communication and interaction with industry and academic partners involved in the sustainability assessment tasks as well as with experts from different disciplines (technology developers, experimentalists, local water board representatives, and policy makers) and with local stakeholders.

You will have the opportunity to further develop your career by: i) gaining a broader and deeper understanding of the complex issues of sustainable development and its metrics; ii) working in a transdisciplinary environment and being part of a large international project; and iii) getting in direct contract with key actors involved in the different development stages of an innovative technological solution (from experimentalists, to technology developers, to policy makers and local communities).

The intended starting date is December 1, 2020.


The ideal candidate is an ambitious, proactive and result-driven researcher. A team player devoted to high quality in both research and education in an international and interdisciplinary environment.

  • Hold a relevant Master’s degree with affinity for water technology/(bio)process engineering/chemical engineering.
  • Adequate experimental (experience in setting up and running laboratory reactor systems) and theoretical skills
  • Interest in sharing knowledge, presenting at project meetings and conferences, and publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Good team-player, and able to work in a collaborative environment with other PhD, group members, and consortium members in the project.
  • Fluency in English both spoken and written.
  • Excellent communication/reporting skills, and presentation capabilities.


Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Mark van Loosdrecht (M.C.M.vanLoosdrecht@tudelft.nl) and Dr. Dimitris Xevgenos, Senior Scientific Coordinator, email: d.xevgenos@tudelft.nl.