Y Budi Sulistioadi
PhD-student in Engineering Science
The Chair for Urban Water Management and Hydraulic Engineering (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Hansen) at the University of Luxembourg is looking for a
PhD-student in Engineering Science (F/M)
- Ref : F1R-ING-PRS-10HAJO
- 3-year fixed-term contract, full-time (40h/week
- Student status
- Beginning earliest 15th September 2015
The PhD-student will work under the guidance of a professor on a research project and will also contribute to expertises and education in a certain extent. She/he should finish the work with a doctoral degree in engineering science.
EmiPoll – Emission profiles for micropollutants on wastewater treatment plants and evaluation of their removal efficiencies
Xenobiotic emissions from WWTP came into the focus lately with the inclusion of diclofenac and two estrogens in the watch list of the Water Framework Directory (WFD) with very demanding Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) in perspective. Should these substances be adopted as priority substances, EU member states will need to take action to reduce emissions from WWTPs in order to conform to the EQS.
Currently, emission profiles of the cited substances and other xenobiotics (pharmaceuticals, biocides, chemical additives) are not really known for WWTPs with a variety of potential sources in their sewer networks. Hence a first task for research is to constrain the average emissions of widespread xenobiotics and their variability between sites by normalizing them to population equivalents where adapted.
The second unknown is the variability of removal efficiency of treatment plants: depending on wastewater load composition, operating parameters such as SRT, HRT and O2-concentration, and design/treatment technology of the plant the efficiency for removal for compounds such as diclofenac and the estrogens are highly variable between plants. So, second task of the research project is to explore if operating parameters can be optimized in order increase removal and hence avoid costly upgrading of the plants. The project will provide a database covering engineering design, performance parameters and activated sludge characteristics of 20 treatment plants and their link to the degradation of 20 relevant xenobiotics.
- Diploma or Master degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental engineering or an equivalent degree in engineering;
- Willingness to inscribe as PhD-student at UL;
- Basic competence in laboratory and analytical work is necessary;
- Fluent written and verbal communication skills in German and English are mandatory.
Commitment, team working, a critical mind, and motivation are skills that are more than welcome.
- A well-equipped laboratory;
- Excellent research conditions in an international dynamic research-oriented environment;
- A motivating and interdisciplinary research team.
The University offers highly competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer.
Applications, written in German or English should be submitted online by 1th August 2015 and should include:
- Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, work experience, publications);
- Cover letter indicating the research area of interest and your motivation;
- Copy of the MSc diploma;
- Transcript of all courses and results from the highest university-level courses taken.
The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer.
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