PhD Student in Urban Water Engineering- Decentralised Resource-Efficient Sanitation

Lulea University of Technology
Lulea, Sweden
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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 PhD student with focus on resource-effective sanitation systems.

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, Swedish and international adjunct professors and about 15 doctoral candidates. The group has an extensive national and international collaboration network. The group’s overall aim is to contribute to the development of sustainable urban water systems.


Urban Water Engineering encompasses the entire urban water system (stormwater, drinking water and wastewater) including collection, transport and treatment, as well as organisation and planning. Our research aims at encouraging a clean environment and the efficient use of resources, while preserving public health and safety.


This PhD project is about investigating novel and sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse technologies at pilot and full scale as well as by means of systems analysis. Within the project, it is possible to specialise on one of two main topics:

  1. Resource-efficient treatment and water-reuse; studying low-impact alternative treatment and reuse options for domestic wastewater in rural areas, examples including sealed willow-bed systems, forest irrigation, willow plantation and wastewater re-use in agriculture; or
  2. Decentralised greywater treatment; studying the viability, benefits and drawbacks of decentralised greywater treatment in urban and rural areas and evaluating treatment facilities for greywater treatment.

The project is a strategic proposition by the Urban Water Research Group at Luleå University of Technology.


The PhD candidate is expected to independently plan and carry out his/her studies and field work. Further tasks include the writing of scientific papers and the doctoral thesis as well as the participation in Swedish and international conferences. The PhD candidate is supported by two supervisors during the research studies. Third-cycle education also includes courses that the PhD candidate must attend.


The applicant shall hold a second-cycle degree (MSc, fully completed course requirements of at least 240 ETCS of which at least 60 ETCS at an advanced level, or equivalent) in environmental/civil engineering or comparable. English language skills are required to facilitate the candidate’s presentation of research outcomes at international conferences and in scientific journals. Further skills needed are the ability to work independently and take own initiatives as well as independently advance into new research areas. Experience and/or education in the field of sanitary/urban water engineering, field work and sampling, systems analysis, statistical data analysis as well as Swedish language skills are beneficial. We expect the applicant to hold or make a driving license to facilitate field work.

The applicant should be able provide contact details of two referees on request.

Read more on the university homepage: General curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology


The position includes a fulltime fixed-term employment for 4 years (up to max 5 years) regulated by the Swedish Higher Education Act. Departmental duties, such as administration and/or lecturing on basic and advanced level may be added up to 20 % of fulltime. Monthly salary according to LTU salary agreement for PhD candidates.


For further information, please contact:

Dr. Inga Herrmann, +46 920 49 2528, ;

Associate professor Annelie Hedström, +46 920 49 2309,

Union representatives:

SACO-S Christer Gardelli, (+46)920-49 1809,
OFR-S Lars Frisk, (+46)920-49 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, openness, cooperation, trust and responsibility.

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


Please apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. Your application should include a personal letter, CV and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish. Mark your application with the ref no below.

Final day to apply: August 25, 2019
Reference number: LTU-2756-2019