PhD student via ResearchGate

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Lund, , SE

RISE Acreo has teamed up with Sweden Water Research AB, and Lund University through Water Resource Engineering and Solid-State Physics, in a joint four-year PhD project focusing on how water disinfection using ultraviolet light emitting diodes (UV-LEDs) can be optimized and implemented at scale.

The goal of this PhD project is to generate knowledge and understanding of UV light disinfection strategies and efficacy for water treatment facilities and point-of-use applications and conduct pioneering research in this area. The candidate will, among other things, study effects of different UV wavelengths/combinations of wavelengths and strobing, study ideal illuminance distribution, dose, packaging and geometry of UV LEDs together with flow reactor design. During the project, scalable prototypes will be designed and demonstrated in a polluted water system and the candidate will generate profound knowledge in materials science, design, operation, limitations and integration of UV LEDs in the entire system.

We are looking for positive, ambitious and technology-oriented individuals to join our growing team. This is a highly interdisciplinary doctoral project, requiring skills and/or an ability to study the areas of water dynamics, surface physics, optics, microbiology, materials science, nanotechnology and fluidics. Since this is a research institute PhD position, the student must be highly motivated to do not only scientific research, but also to understand industrially oriented innovations at the interface between academia and commercial research. The student will be employed at RISE Acreo AB, enrolled at Lund University and the project will result in a doctorate in Water Resource Engineering.


  • You hold a relevant Masters Degree in science or engineering.
  • You have taken advanced courses that are relevant for the doctoral project or have acquired the relevant skills in other positions.
  • You value working in the boundary between fundamental and applied research.
  • You have excellent skills in data analysis and visualization.
  • You have very good command of the English language, both written and spoken.
  • You work on your own initiative and set pride in delivering to set deadlines.
  • You are a curious, innovative and highly ambitious self-motivated team player.

In addition to the formal eligibility requirements, the selection will also be based on other previous and meriting work, such as master thesis, project work, and courses as well as interviews with the applicants.

RISE – The Swedish Research Institute

The RISE-institutes Innventia, SP and Swedish ICT have merged in order to become a stronger research and innovation partner. Through our international collaboration programmes with academia, industry and the public sector, we enable a competitive business environment and contribute to a sustainable society. Our 2 200 employees support and promote all manner of innovative processes. And we have around 100 testbeds and demonstration facilities for advancing future-proof products, technologies and services. RISE is fully owned by the Swedish state.