The Department of Energy and Technology at the Soil, Water and Environment Center (MVM) in Uppsala offers a stimulating and interdisciplinary research environment with both national and international focus. Within the methodology area, we have leading expertise in system analysis including environmental system analysis and LCA.
Potential of bark and biochar filters for removal of microplastics from stormwater
Stormwater is a major pathway for urban microplastics (MP) from car tires and asphalt particles into the environment. MP are not just problematic as particles, but also as vectors for additives such as plasticisers, flame retardants, etcetera. Road-side bark and biochar filters are a potential solution for MP and other pollutants from stormwater and act as carbon sinks. When planted, these filters created added values by increasing the urban green spaces. We are looking for a highly motivated and hard-working PhD student who is interested in investigating the efficiency and design of green filters (bark and biochar) at road-sides to remove MP and other pollutants from stormwater, and at the same time evaluate their function as urban green elements. During the PhD period, the student will be engaged in different of experimental and field sampling aiming at (i) assessing the composition, sources, size and quantities of MP in stormwater from different urban sources, including road-side and car parking areas and (ii) Assessment and comparison the efficiency and potential of road-side filters of biochar or bark in removing MP and as green beds, and compare them with soil infiltration beds.
Qualifications:The candidate should have a master degree in technology or engineering, with clear connection to environmental pollution or urban water management. The applicant should have the 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. The applicant should have excellent skills of communication in English. The work involves communication with different actors related to storm water management. We put great emphasis on analytical and problem-solving ability, motivation, collaborative ability and ability to work
The aim of the employment is primarily a licentiate degree, but extension for another 2 years for a doctoral degree may become an option.
Place of work:Uppsala, Sweden
Forms for funding or employment:Employment as PhD student for 2 years.
Starting date:According to agreement.
Application:A written application should submitted to no later than 2020-01-31. The application should contain:
- Cover letter describing yourself, your motivation for applying for the position, including a short description of your vision for you PhD study (maximum 2 A4 pages);
- CV describing your education, relevant publications and work experience (if any) etc.;
- Contact information for two references;
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 apssport with your personal data and phograghy.
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.
SLU is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Read about the PhD education at SLU at www.slu.se/en/education/programmes-courses/postgraduate-studies/
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