Challenge: Can current installations efficiently remove nanoplastics?
Change: Unravel removal mechanisms
Impact: Improved design and operation of water treatment plants
Media attention to microplastic found in water sources and drinking water is high and the public perceives this emerging contamination as a major health concern. Regulators are pushing for drinking water thresholds of plastic particles but knowledge about the removal in our current installations is limited.
In this project, you will investigate the removal mechanisms of microplastics during sand filtration for drinking water treatment. Sand filters are a basic, low-tech water treatment option used all over the world. Although filtration mechanisms for particles are well understood the high variability of plastic types, shapes and their unknown interaction with natural organic matter and biofilms are a challenge for the characterization, monitoring and our understanding concerning plastic removal. You will design and operate small pilot installations in our laboratory, employ and improve analytical techniques and use models to investigate plastic removal mechanisms. Method development using artificially made plastic tracers will be part of the research. The gained knowledge will be used to give advice on process operation and to improve current installations.
Start-date for this position: January 1st 2022 (or earlier).
For a good candidate you will have the following ‘Need-to-haves’:
- MSc in Chemical/Process Engineering or MSc related to Water treatment
- Strong background and interest in water treatment technologies
- Independent, self-motivated, curiosity-driven mind, open to communicate and collaborate with peers and partners
- A scientific attitude and analytical skills combined with a hands-on mentality
- Laboratory experience proven by lab courses, internships or other previous work.
- Excellent spoken and written English
and hopefully the following ‘Nice-to-haves’:
- Experience to design and/or operate small pilot installations proven by previous practical or research projects
- Experience working with microplastics/nanoplastics in a lab environment and/or sampling
- Python programming skills
If your mother language is not English and you do not hold a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction, you must submit proof of English proficiency from either TOEFL (minimum total score of 100) or IELTS (minimum total score of 7.0). Proof of English language proficiency certificates older than two years are not accepted.
Conditions of employment
TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.
TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)
Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.
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Faculty Civil Engineering & Geosciences
The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology, and delta technology. Our research feeds into our educational programmes and covers societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, resource depletion, urbanisation and the availability of clean water, conducted in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to achieve our goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.
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