PhD Stipend LimnoPlast Project (6-19085)

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At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Civil Engineering, Section of Water and Environment, a PhD stipend is available within the PhD programme of Civil Engineering. The stipend is open for appointment from April 1, 2020 or soon hereafter. The position is available for 3 years.

Job description

The PhD position is a part of the LimnoPlast project: “LimnoPlast - Microplastics in Europe's freshwater ecosystems: From sources to solutions”. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 860720,

The PhD stipend addresses source tracking of microplastics (MP) in a Danish city. It will investigate the abundance and sources of MP in such a densely populated area, and model its fate. For this purpose, the PhD candidate will design and conduct a sampling campaign covering potential MP sources (urban infrastructures like sewage systems with combined and separate discharges, wastewater treatment plants, industrial areas, runoff from urban surfaces, roads, agricultural areas, recreation areas) and sinks (for example harbours, barrages, stormwater management facilities).

The identified hotspots and sources will be investigated in a second campaign on a smaller spatial and temporal scale to take a closer look at the complex dispersal patterns. To generate comparable data sets, harmonized methods for the sampling, processing, analysis, and data reporting will be developed with the other involved participants of the Limnoplast project. This includes volumes, frequencies, areas, and representative sites. At each sampling site, surface waters (suspended particulate matter, bulk samples), sediments, and biota will be sampled using the harmonised methods. Biota samples will represent relevant key species (in consultation with limnologists taking part in Limnoplast). MP will be extracted from the samples, identified by µFTIR and quantified (abundance, mass, particle size, and shape). Based on the results, sources, and sinks of MP will be identified in the metropolitan area.

We seek a young scientist with a strong background in environmental science and engineering with focus on urban waterborne pollutants. You must

  • Hold a Master degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Engineering, Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, or a similar field.
  • Be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of your research career
  • Have not been awarded a doctoral degree
  • Have not resided in Denmark for more than 12 months in the last 3 years (except refugees)
  • Enjoy working independently and well-structured together with an interdisciplinary team contributing to a highly topical and socially relevant field.
  • Show outstanding commitment, high flexibility, can cope with a higher workload and you are team-oriented.
  • Have excellent communication as well as organizational skills and are willing to engage in international, interdisciplinary collaborative research, workshops and secondments.
  • Have very good command (written and spoken) of English language.

Previous research experience within the research topic is desirable.

You may obtain further professional information from Professor Jes Vollertsen, .

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Lisbeth Diinhoff, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: , phone: +45 9940 9589.

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The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

 AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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