Royal Institute of Technology, The School of Chemical Science and Engineering

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The School of Chemical Science and Engineering includes the areas Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Fibre and Polymer Technology. It encompasses both fundamental and applied Chemical sciences and seeks sustainable development through scientific excellence. Many research activities are interdisciplinary across the borders from Chemistry to Materials science, Environmental science, Biochemistry, Biology and Medicine. The School offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Chemistry, Degree Programs in Engineering Chemistry, Technical Preparatory Year and three international master programs: Chemical Engineering for Energy and the Environment, Macromolecular Materials and Molecular Science and Engineering. We also cooperate with the master programs Energy and Environment, Materials Design and Biotechnology.

Job description

Ever increasing gaps between the energy and feedstock demand of the today industrialized world and inadequacy to replenish requirements from limited sources have resulted in a steep rise in fossil-based utilization which has resulted in an alarming increase in worldwide pollution levels. Therefore, energy and feedstock demand should be met with not only renewable sources but also clean and bio-based production methods. Resource Recovery from waste streams has been a major research interest for the last decade. The next generation of wastewater treatment plants can be designed with microbial consortia to procure energy and valuable products such as volatile fatty acids (VFAs), nutrients, and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) for industrial applications.

The aim of the PhD project is to evaluate existing biological treatment systems capabilities to remove carbon and compare to an up-and-coming technology based on new engineering and microbiological approaches. The main focus is to develop the most innovative and sustainable technology to remove carbon from municipal wastewater as a pre-treatment before the deammonification process and to recover valuable carbon based products. Experimental studies will be performed in lab-scale at KTH and in pilot-scale at the research facility Hammmarby Sjöstadsverket.

The project will be a collaboration between the School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE) and the School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE) at KTH with one supervisor from each school involved in the project. The project will be strongly connected to similar projects at both schools.


Master of Science in environmental engineering, environmental biotechnology, chemical engineering or related fields. Good oral and written communication skills in English. The candidate should be highly motivated for doing scientific research and should have well developed analytical and problem solving skills as well as an interest and curiosity for multi-disciplinary problems in the context of wastewater treatment and microbial ecology through bio-based production.

To address its varied work, KTH aims to employ a diversity of talents and thus welcomes applicants who will add to the variety of the University, especially concerning its gender structure.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number K-2017-0497
  • Zeynep Cetecioglu Gurol / Assistant Professor,, +46 8 790 8251
  • Elzbieta Plaza / Professor,, +46 8 790 6656
Published 15.Jun.2017
Last application date 15.Aug.2017 11:59 PM CET

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