PhD Student

Last application date
Aug 19, 2020 23:59
LA22 - Department of Animal Sciences and Aquatic Ecology
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
Ms Sc Environmental Technology, Water Technology, Bio-engineering, Chemical Engineering, Ecotoxicoloy, Environmental Science, Environmental Chemistry (or related)
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Your research will be part of a large 4-year interdisciplinary project, funded by the Science Foundation of Flanders (FWO), in which membrane, plasma and microbial technologies will be combined with analytical chemistry, (eco)toxicology, and life cycle impact assessment to develop a novel, sustainable water technologies for detoxification of waste water and drinking water by removing organic micropollutants.

Your contribution will be focused on using ecotoxicological experiments and models, toxicity identification evaluation (TIE) and effects-directed analysis (EDA) to steer the development of the technologies for waste water treatment. We will quantify residual long-term toxicity of waste water treatment plant (WWTP) effluents, before and after treatment. We will also use various physico-chemical extraction and separation methods, combined with analytical chemistry to identify which (groups of) micropollutants and/or their transformation products in non-treated and treated (WWTP) effluents are responsible for toxicity. This will serve, in a final phase of the project, to optimize the design, operational parameters and settings of the removal technologies.

The project, which will normally start on 1 October 2020, is in close collaboration with several other research groups from UGent and KULeuven and is supported by various stakeholders from the water and environmental technology sectors in Belgium.

Profile of the candidate

  • Strong interest in seeking solutions for challenging environmental problems
  • Collaborative mindset
  • Good / very good knowledge (MSc level) in at least two of the following areas: (i) Ecotoxicology or Environmental Risk Assessment, (ii) Chemical or Bio-engineering, (iii) Environmental or Water Technology, (iv) Organic Analytical or Environmental Chemistry
  • A Masters diploma in one of these areas (or related areas). Candidates who will receive their diploma before 1 October 2020 can also apply.
  • A good command of English.

How to apply

Please send an E-mail before 19 August 2020 to with a single attachment, containing a brief (maximum half a page) motivation letter, your curriculum, a copy of your diploma, and if possible also an overview of courses followed and study results. More information about the project can be obtained via the same E-mail address.