PhD Fellow in Water Treatment Technology via EURAXESS

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Narvik, , NO

The position

A PhD position is available at the Department of Building, Energy and Material Technology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.  The position is partly funded by a EU research project  “Strategic Planning for Water Resources and Implementation of Novel Biotechnical Treatment Solutions and Good Practices” – SPRING” funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 821423. Work place is at UiT in Narvik.

The position is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % each year, and will consist of teaching or other duties. The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment.

Field of research and research project

The fellow is intended to carry out research activities in developing novel treatment technologies such as bio oxidation methods, microbial fuel cells and sensors in order to contribute towards SPRING research tasks.   The selected candidate will work in coordination with other researchers and PhD students within the project consortium and under the supervision of Professor Raj K Calay.

SPRING project focus on studying the various type of pollutants in wastewater a variety of sources, and develop technologies for testing, monitoring and for removal of pollutants under real conditions at the demo site in India.  The water may be treated for various purposes such as irrigation etc.    Microbial fuel cells have gained much attention in recent years because of their promise in simultaneously treating wastewater while generating electricity. Microbial fuel cell can also be used for monitoring water quality. Within the project one of the main objectives is to develop this technology. Candidates must submit a proposal explaining work to contribute to this objective.


For further information about the position, please contact Professor Rajnish K Calay:


This position requires a Master’s degree or equivalent in Chemical Engineering with minimum 3-4 years industrial experience in a chemical manufacturing process related field.  Good knowledge in various water treatment processes such as, drinking water, treatment plant, effluent water treatment plant, water softener will be necessary for this position. Applicants with additional knowledge of utility water treatment methods such like; RO, desalination and removal of toxic contaminants like arsenic, fluoride, heavy metals from groundwater as well as industrial effluent water will be ideal. Good knowledge of laboratory equipment handling and unit operations of large-scale water treatment plants is desirable. Applicants should have skills of mathematical modelling, optimisation and simulation of objective functions related to process by using any of standard tools like MATLAB.  Applicants who already have publications in international journals will be rated positively. 

Good interpersonal skills, motivation for research and a good team player will be given equal consideration in the selection process.

Documented English language proficiency as stated here is required.

Admission to the PhD programme

The position requires admission to the Faculty’s PhD programme. Admission requires that the applicant has at least 5 years of higher education, equivalent to 300 ECTS. The applicant must have a Master’s thesis evaluated equivalent to 30 ECTS or more, or 20 ECTS for integrated Master’s degrees. The applicant must have average grade of B or better on the Master’s degree.

Applicants with a foreign education will be evaluated on whether the educational background is equivalent to Norwegian higher education, following national guidelines. Applicants from some countries will have to document additional higher education in order to fulfill the requirements.

Further information about requirements and the PhD programme is available here.


Your application must include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests 
  • CV
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree or equivalent
  • Documentation of English language proficiency
  • References and certificates
  • Master thesis, and any other academic works 
  • Project proposal

The documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications sent via  

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.

Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

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A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional abilit

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