Postdoctoral Researcher (Modelling and data analysis for Water Treatment Plant) via LinkedIn


Liège, Belgium 🇧🇪

About the job

JOB OFFER: Postdoctoral  Researcher – Modelling and data analysis for Water Treatment Plant.

In the framework of BEWARE program of the Walloon Region in BELGIUM (see link below), cofounded by the Marie Actions Sklodowska-Curie of the European Commission, the researcher will join a collaborative project established between the Public Company SPGE (“Société Publique de Gestion de l’Eau”) and the Research Center CEBEDEAU (“Centre Belge d‘Études et de Documentation sur l’Eau ”).

SPGE oversees public water management in Walloon Region. They manage coordination and funding of the whole water sector in the area.

The core mission of CEBEDEAU is to harness science in the service of all water users in Wallonia and outside, thus contributing to local innovation and socio-economic development.

The Research Project:

This project, named eWatLink, aims to “develop a software to increase energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of wastewater treatment plants.” It focuses on data analysis to enhance wastewater treatment plant operation. Data will be collected from online probes in a full-scale plant and will feed an algorithm that will help operators determine the best operating parameters regarding power consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), without disregarding treated water quality. Development of this algorithm and its implementation into software is the object of the Research Project.

What you would be doing:

  • Write BEWARE proposal;
  • Establish an exhaustive list of existing research on the subject;
  • Collect and operate data from a full-scale pilot WWTP;
  • Define strategies to enhance WWTP’s power management and GHGs emissions and assessing the impact of these strategies.
  • Develop a decision support software that manages data collection and produces technical insights in relation to the above.
  • Design and carry out scientific experiments to assess and validate results;
  • Write and transmit reports in accordance with BEWARE requirements;
  • Assume project lead;
  • Inform project actors on progress.

What we are looking for:

  • PhD degree (or equivalent research experience of at least 4 years) in Civil Engineering or Sciences (Computer science, Electricity, Physics, Chemistry, Data Management or other relevant fields);
  • Relevant experience in data collection, AI, data treatment, automation and/or model validation;
  • Relevant experience in programming and software development;
  • Knowledge in water treatment processes, in biochemical cycles and GHG emission mitigation is a plus;
  • Ability to manage deadline, to synthesize and to work independently;
  • Team Player and entrepreneurial;
  • Willingness to acquire fields skills on site from plant engineers and operators;
  • Result-oriented and organised;
  • Ability to write reports and papers;
  • Committed to the project;
  • Fluent in English and in French (or be willing to learn French);

In return, and if the fellowship gets granted, we can offer a three-year contract from January 2022 with professional development in addition to a competitive salary . The candidate will oversee the BEWARE proposal writing, in close connection with the CEBEDEAU and SPGE. The candidate must be in a situation of transnational mobility, i.e., have spent less than 12 months in Belgium over the last 36 months on a professional basis and with an employment contract. For your information, the deadline for submission of the project file is October 15th. The selected researcher is mentioned by name in this proposal file.

How to apply:

Send the following minimum information before the 23rd of July to Mr. Antoine Dellieu ([email protected]; mobile : +32 471 84 79 95):

Resume (CV) including:             

  •  place and date of birth, Nationality;
  • place, date and title of diploma(s)
  • details of the PhD ongoing or obtained or relevant experience
  • current position
  • any specific experience and/or skills in relation with the Project.
  • list of publications if any

Country residence for the last three (3) years (Beware Fellowship specific conditions)

Motivation letter for the project and for research in Belgium.

Any recommendation letters will be appreciated.

Beware Fellowship details: