PostDoc in Urban Water Engineering focusing on source to stormwater pollutants

Lulea University of Technology
Lulea, Sweden
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The Urban Water Research Group at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering at Luleå University of Technology seeks a driven and committed Post doc with focus on source to stormwater pollutants.

The Urban Water Research Group has a strong position in research and education within the area of urban water systems, mainly regarding stormwater, wastewater and sewer systems. Being a part of the Urban Water Research Group implies working in an international and creative environment. The group consists of a number of senior researchers, international adjunct and guest professors and 20 doctoral candidates. The group has an extensive inter-national collaboration network.

Subject description
Urban Water Engineering encompasses the entire urban water system (storm drains, drink-ing water supply and waste water) with respect to collection, transport and treatment, as well as organisation and planning. The research aims to encourage a strong economy, clean environment and the wise use of resources, while preserving the public’s health and safety.

Project description
Densification of urban areas due to growing urbanisation risks increasing the pollutant loads to lakes and watercourses in the urban environment and surroundings. The overall aim with this project is to obtain knowledge about the contribution of pollutants from diffuse sources in the urban environment to stormwater, and identify potential risks based on element speciation to be able to make informed decisions when planning and building urban structures and stormwater control measures. This will be done by a) screening different materials and structures used in the built environment in order to identify specific sources and their associated pollutants that contribute to deterioration of the stormwater quality, b) quantify the release of substances from selected surfaces; under controlled conditions as well as in the field, c) identify potential risks of pollutants in runoff based on element speciation, and point out appropriate stormwater control measures for the pollutants due to their fractionation characteristic.

The PhD position is part of DRIZZLE - Centre for Stormwater Management a Research Centre of Excellence. In DRIZZLE, researchers at Luleå University of Technology, companies, and municipalities will develop pioneering, research-based stormwater management knowledge and solutions: to minimize pollution loads discharged into receiving waters; to minimize the risk for flooding in urban areas; and to exploit the beneficial opportunities that stormwater runoff can offer. DRIZZLE consists of 11 parties, i.e. Aarsleff Rörteknik AB, Stormwater&Sewers, Järven Ecotech AB, Luleå Municipality, Luleå University of Technology (project manager), NCC Infrastructure, Rent Dagvatten AB, Stockholm City, Stockholm Water, Tyréns and StormTac AB.

The work as a post doc are varied, postdoc independently plan and carry out laboratory and field work. Further tasks include the writing of scientific papers and the participation in Swedish and international conferences. You may also have the opportunity to teach in undergraduate courses and administrative tasks may be included.

The applicant shall hold a PhD in urban water engineering, environmental engineering, environmental chemistry or equivalent. Primarily, the applicant with a PhD degree not older than three years will be selected.

Experience in lab and/or field work as well as statistical data analysis are mandatory for this position. Experience and/or education in the field of urban water engineering are meritorious as well as experience in teaching.

Further skills needed are the ability to work independently and take own initiatives as well as independently penetrate new research areas. Moreover, English language skills are required to facilitate presentation of research outcomes in international conferences and scientific papers. Swedish language skills are meritorious since there are many contacts with Swedish municipalities and companies. It is preferable if you hold a driving license.

The applicant should be able provide two referees on request. We prefer that you can start as soon as possible.

The position includes a fulltime fixed-term employment for two years located in Luleå.

For additional information, please contact: Professor Maria Viklander, +46 70 3301486,

Union representatives: SACO-S Christer Gardelli, (+46)920-49 1809 and OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792

Luleå University of Technology is actively working on equality and diversity that contributes to a creative study- and work environment. The University's core values are based on respect, trust, openness and responsibility.

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The application should include a CV, personal letter and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Mark your application with the reference number below. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish.

Referensnummer: 2785-2019
Sista ansökningsdag: 25 augusti 2019