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One PhD student (4 years) in the research education subject: Technology

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    Heltid, 6 månader eller längre

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  • Publicerad

    20 december

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Om jobbet

Energy and technology
The doctoral project is a collaboration between SLU and RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. You will be employed two years at RISE and two years at SLU, while you are enrolled as a research student at the Department of Energy and Technology, SLU. The goal of the employment is a doctorate.

SLU have collaborated with RISE for several decades on R&D of biogas production. We offer a stimulating research environment on Ultuna campus, Uppsala, with extensive expertise in process technology, microbiology and energy systems.

Biological methanation of syngas

We are looking for a research student who will work on the biological conversion of syngas to methane in laboratory scale and evaluate the process with regard to microbiological and technical performance. 

Thermal gasification of biomass is a technology with a large production potential for biofuels in the transport sector. The produced syngas (CO, H2, CO2) can be converted to methane (CH4) via three types of anaerobic microbes (acetogens, hydrogenotrophic methanogens and acetotrophic methanogens). The trickle bed rector (TBR) is a reactor concept that is based on sprinkling a nutrient solution over carriers with active microbes, which facilitates mass transfer between gas, nutrient solution and microbes. 

The research studies include evaluation of the composition of nutrients and syngas as well as the flow of syngas and nutrient solution in TBR with respect to methane production and the microbial function/diversity, in order to achieve a stable and efficient process. You will participate in the planning and be responsible for the operation and monitoring of the process, conduct chemical and microbiological analyzes, compile and interpret results for scientific publication and presentation.


Degree at advanced level in natural science, technology or engineering with specialization in biotechnology, biochemistry or microbiology. Knowledge and experimental experience of anaerobic process technology, microbiology and molecular techniques are considered as a merit. The holder of the position must be able to communicate well in English (written and spoken). Ability to also communicate in Swedish is a merit, but no absolute requirement. We put great emphasis on analytical and problem-solving ability, motivation, collaborative ability and ability to work independently. 

Forms for employment

Employment as a doctoral student for 4 years full time (100 %), where employment begins with 2 years at RISE and then continues with 2 years at the Department of Energy and Technology, SLU.

Starting date

By agreement


We welcome your application no later than 2020-02-02 

A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement. 

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dissertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and phograghy.

Read about the PhD education at SLU at

Academic union representatives

Union representatives at RISE are Linda Ikatti, the Union, +46105165161 and Ulf Nordberg, SACO, +46105166959 

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden is Sweden's research institute and innovation partner. In international cooperation with companies, academia and the public sector, we contribute to a competitive business and a sustainable society. Our 2,800 employees drive and support all types of innovation processes. RISE is an independent, state-owned research institute that offers unique expertise and about 100 test and demonstration environments for future-proof technologies, products and services.

SLU and RISE are equal opportunity employers

Contact persons

Åke Nordberg, Associate Professor,

Gustav Rogstrand, Head of the Bio-Recycling Engineering unit, RISE,


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