MSCA funded PhD position in Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Environmental Technology

    MSCA funded PhD position in Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Environmental Technology

    Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Environmental Technology – MSCA funded PhD position in phosphorus recovery from wastewater under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) European Innovative Training Network RecaP (Capture, Recycling and Societal Management of Phosphorus in the Environment), at the Department of Green Technology, University of Southern Denmark 

    Deadline to Apply

    June 01, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Chemical Engineering
    – Biotechnology
    – Environmental Technology
    Scholarship25114.36 DKK / Year
    WorkplaceDepartment of Green Technology
    University of Southern Denmark
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateSep 01, 2021


    • You have a MSc degree (equivalent to a Danish master’s degree) in Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Environmental Technology or other closely related disciplines
    • You have a strong background on industrial separation technologies (crystallization, membrane separation)
    • You are fluent in English, both spoken and written
    • You have good collaboration and communication skills


    • You will conduct research on: investigation of the feasibility of using membrane for concentrating the P-rich stream and the economy analysis of the hybrid membrane-crystallization process with respect to various P-rich scenarios; crystallization of struvite, calcium phosphates and vivianite in different P-rich stream scenarios and mapping of the preferred products with respect to the concentrations of the key components; identification of the key operation parameters for optimization of the recovery economy.
    • You will be involved in the daily co-supervision of Master and Bachelor students.
    • You will publish and present your work both at international conferences and in scientific journals with high impact.
    • You will assist in teaching activities. 

    The PhD project will be carried out at University of Southern Denmark, and the PhD student will have secondment and research stay in collaborating institutes, such as Aalborg University, Wetsus and Krüger A/S.

    How to Apply?

    The application must be in English and must include the following – the required forms must be found Apply Online link above

    Documents Required

    • Completed TEK PhD application form for 5+3 applicants. Find the form at the Faculty website.
    • Motivation letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. 2 pages)*.  Upload in the field called “Project description”. 
    • A Curriculum Vitae, describing previous employment and including personal contact information.
    • Verified copies of the official bachelor diploma and master’s diploma and transcripts of exams, both original and translated into English.
    • Completed TEK PhD form for calculation grade point average. Find the form at the Faculty website. Upload in one of the fields called “Publication”. 
    • An official document describing the grading scheme of the awarding universities (if not Danish). Upload in one of the fields called “Publication”. 
    • An official and verified written assessment of the thesis or dissertation project from the grade giving institution, if the thesis/examination project is evaluated by approved/passed. The statement must clearly state that the candidate has been among the top 30 pct. in the graduation class for the study programme.
    • List of publications and examples of relevant publications, in case you have any publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication.
    • Reference letters may also be included. You’re welcome to use the form for reference letter at the Faculty website.

    *Please specifically address these questions at the end of your motivation letter:

    1. I agree that I have not resided in Denmark for more than 12 months in the last 3 years: Yes/No
    2. I confirm I am an early-stage researcher (i.e. in the first four years of research career and do not have a doctoral degree): Yes/No
    3. I hold a master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or will receive this before appointment date: Yes/No

    Data collected from candidates will be used for recruitment purposes only and will not be shared outside of the RecaP consortium unless authorized by the applicant.

    About the project

    In this PhD project we will investigate the crystallization of various P products from different P-rich stream scenarios from wastewater treatment plants, different P recovery processes based on crystallization and membrane separation will be developed. The configuration and key operation parameters of the process will be identified to enable a systematic optimization strategy to ensure the recovery of P product with the desired critical quality attributes. Strategies for selecting the optimal P products as well as the recovery process will be established based on the economy of the recovery process.

    Additionally, the successful candidate must meet the MSCA criteria

    • Early State Researcher: Be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctorate. This 4-year period is measured from the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, excluding military, parental, sick leave, etc.
    • Mobility Rule: Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the hosting institution for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are exempt/excluded.

    The RecaP MSCA-ITN Training Network
    RecaP will train a cohort of 15 PhD students (Early Stage Researchers) to become Phosphorus specialist within the Global Phosphorus Challenge in a way that is socially, economically, and environmentally acceptable. This application is for the project ESR4:  P recovery from wastewater by crystallization and membrane separation.


    Please review the main duties for all ESR positions by visiting the RECAP website.


    Professor WSR, Haiyan Qu

    Project Manager Jake Reardon

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    Funded MSCA PhD studentship in phosphorus recovery from wastewater

    Post expires at 8:59am on Wednesday June 2nd, 2021 (GMT+9)