PhD Student in Water Quality Monitoring

Chalmers University of Technology

Gothenburg, Sweden 🇸🇪

Are you interested in a PhD project on water quality monitoring and treatment?

Information about the research
New technologies are needed to improve the monitoring of natural organic matter (NOM) in water, and to quantify how NOM quantity and composition changes in response to physical, chemical and biological processes. Can we predict how water quality will respond to specific kinds of treatment? What role can fluorescence sensors play in water quality monitoring? 

Explore these questions in a PhD at the division of Water Environment Technology (WET) in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. Collaborators in this project work at the Danish University of Technology, Lund University and in municipal water treatment plants. The project connects to the Swedish Center for drinking water research (DRICKS).

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibilities are to pursue your own doctoral studies while contributing to the research and teaching environment at ACE. You will perform experiments and analyses in the laboratory, collate, manage and interpret data, and document results in publications. Research may involve field sampling. Instruments for fractionating, quantifying and characterising NOM will be used, with a focus on spectroscopy (absorbance and fluorescence). You will be working with data-intensive measurements for which skills in data analysis/data mining and programming will be beneficial to have from the outset, or otherwise must be developed during your PhD. You will need to communicate effectively with academic and industrial collaborators and coordinate your research activities to meet our common goals. 

Contract terms
The position is a temporary full-time employment lasting at least 4.5 years and up to a maximum of five years. This includes three years of research, one year of coursework, and 0.5-1 year of teaching, with all three activities conducted in parallel.

You must have a master’s or honours level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in analytical chemistry, aquatic chemistry, chemical ecology, environmental science, environmental engineering or similar. You are creative, well-organised, resourceful and tenacious when problems arise. You have good laboratory skills and experience with water quality measurements and/or chemical analyses. It is meritorious if you have have experience or have taken classes in any of these topics: statistics, data analysis, computer science, chemometrics, biometrics, drinking water treatment, aquatic chemistry, aquatic ecology, microbial ecology and analytical chemistry. 

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. It is beneficial if you can communicate fluently in written and spoken Swedish. 

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Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20210570 and written in English. It must be submitted via the official Chalmers electronic recruitment system and not by email. Access the recruitment system via the button at the bottom of the official advertisement at Chalmers’s vacancies page.

Attach the following pdf-files:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Names of two referees whom we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)

Other documents:
• Copies of your bachelor, honours, and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 17 January, 2022

For questions, please contact:
Associate professor Kathleen Murphy, WET, ACE
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +46-31-7721936

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