PhD Position with Agrotechnology & Food Science Group - Netherlands

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Agrotechnology & Food Science Group, PhD Position, Gelderland

The water group within the Sub-department of Environmental Technology focuses on sustainable sewage and industrial wastewater treatment solutions that allow reuse of the treated water and recovery of valuable nutrients, minerals and energy.

In this PhD project, financed by the Dutch Technology Foundation (STW), you will develop and test a new sewage treatment system based on two processes: anaerobic digestion and methane based denitrification.

A successful combination of these biological processes results in a new, compact and low-cost sewage treatment system.

You will investigate, on laboratory scale, the technological feasibility of this treatment system.

This includes the testing of reactor concepts, establishment of their design criteria, optimization of the processes and investigating the treatment performance of the integrated treatment system.

The project is performed in close cooperation with the Department of Microbiology of Radboud University Nijmegen who will focus on the physiology of the micro-organisms that perform the methane based denitrification process.

Required education/skills:University Graduate

  • You have an MSc degree in environmental sciences, bioprocess technology or a comparable curriculum.
  • Experience with, or affinity for, experiments with (micro) biological reactor processes is strongly recommended.
  • You have good communication skills in English, both written and spoken, and are capable to work in a multidisciplinary research team.

    Conditions of employment

    Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 1500 - 2000

    Maximum salary amount in Euro's a month 1933

    Employment basis: Temporary for specified period

    Duration of the contract: 1 3 years

    Maximum hours per week: 38

    Additional conditions of employment:

    We offer you a full-time position for a period of one year with a possibility of extension for three years.

    Gross salary per month € 1.933,- in the first year rising to € 2.252,- per month in the fourth year.

    Hay-profile: Promovendus

    Additional Information

    Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: Hardy Temmink

    Telephone number: 0317-483339

    hardy.temmink [at]


    You can apply for this job before 22-02-2007 (dd-mm-yyyy) by sending your application to:

    Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Group
    Bodenummer 156
    M.E. Mirjam van Leusden
    Postbus 8129
    6700 EV Wageningen
    E-mail: afsg-vacatures [at]

    When applying for the PhD Position with Agrotechnology & Food Science Group always mention the vacancy number AFSG 07.023.

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