14 First Stage PhD Researcher Positions

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Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA)
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NOWELTIES - Joint PhD Laboratory for New Materials and Inventive Water Treatment Technologies.  Harnessing resources effectively through innovation is a Marie Sklodowska Curie Action European Joint Doctorate (EJD) project (programme Innovative Training Networks (ITN) of Horizon 2020). Its primary objective is to organize a platform that will provide cutting edge training opportunities for the education of tomorrow`s water treatment experts. The core activity is the research programme (composed of 14 individual research projects) aimed at development of inventive water treatment technologies (advanced biological treatments, innovative oxidation processes, hybrid systems) that allow catering for the varied treatment demands for a plethora of interconnected streams arising from recycling loops. These technologies will be able to control contamination by organic micropollutants (OMPs) and improve recovery of water across a diversity of scales enabling a smart combination of decentralized and centralised approaches. Besides a holistic training in the field of wastewater treatment dealing with state-of-the-art technologies, experimental techniques and knowledge management methodologies, NOWELTIES will provide a unique training approach to learning complex complementary skills leading to independent and critical thinking which seeks for originality and innovation.

Therefore, we are looking for 14 post-graduate researchers (Early Stage Researchers - ESR), specialized in Chemistry, Chemical, Environmental, Hydrogeological or Materials Engineering, Biotechnology, Physics or similar.

Candidates should have a strong interest in (waste)water treatment and interdisciplinary research including bioprocesses for wastewater treatment, nanotechnology, and fate of organic and inorganic contaminants in engineered treatment systems.

The position is offered for 3 years for the following individual research projects:


Title of PhD thesis

Host institution


Understanding biotransformation mechanisms of OMPs during anoxic biological wastewater treatment

University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain


Studying the bioavailability and biodegradability of OMPs during treatment

RWTH Aachen University, Germany


Coupling the new concept of sequential biofiltration with in situ electron acceptor delivery for enhanced OMP removal and effective attenuation of disinfection by-product precursors

Technical University of Munich, Germany


Design, development and characterization of atmospheric plasma system for wastewater treatment

Institute of Physics, Belgrade, Serbia


Understanding transformation of OMPs during plasma treatment and its ecotoxicological implications

Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona, Spain


Application of UV LEDs AOPs for the efficient removal of OMPs  from waste water

Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Zagreb, Croatia


Surface modification and functionalisation of adsorbent materials

Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Belgrade, Serbia


A green microwave - assisted synthesis of Au/TiO2/graphene oxide nano-hybrids for visible light-induced photocatalysis

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Zagreb, Croatia


Removal of OMPs by nanophotocatalysts and nanobiocatalysts immobilized into magnetic supports

University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain


Novel TiO2-based composite co-catalysts for solar driven water purification

Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Zagreb, Croatia


Studying the enhancement of the removal of OMPs from wastewater by adding powder activated carbon in an MBR

University of Ferrara, Italy


Design of hybrid nano-engineered reductive bioprocesses for wastewater treatment and biogas generation

Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona, Spain


Development of hybrid treatment system by integrating nanocatalyst and adsorptive composites in situ in sequential biofiltration systems

Technical University of Munich, Germany


Hybrid ozone-ceramic membrane process: increasing hydroxyl radical yield and OMP reduction while reducing membrane fouling

Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona, Spain


All hired researchers will compulsory enrol in Doctoral Programmes at two Universities (host institution and mobility host) and undertake mobility in order to implement the Individual Research Project, as well as to participate in a sustained training programme that will lead to awarding double doctoral degree.