PhD Position in Environmental Biotechnology, TU Delft, Netherlands

Postdoctoral Position - 2019 in Netherlands, Delft University of Technology

PhD Position in Environmental Biotechnology: The PhD project focuses on exploring the microbial ecology involved in biological phosphorus removal within aerobic granular sludge. The candidate will utilize cutting-edge omics techniques to understand the metabolic versatility and interactions of the dominant microbial community members, aiming to enhance phosphorus removal and recovery in wastewater treatment processes.

Exploring the Ecophysiology of Microorganisms Performing Biological Phosphorus Removal

Summary Table

Study AreaEnvironmental Biotechnology
Scholarship Description4-year PhD position at TU Delft, focusing on microbial ecology and metabolic versatility in biological phosphorus removal.
EligibilityMSc in Environmental/Chemical Engineering, Microbiology, or Bioinformatics; lab experience; English proficiency.
Required DocumentsDetailed CV, contact details of 2 references, motivation letter.
How to ApplySubmit application via TU Delft website.
Last Date22 July 2024

Study Area: Environmental Biotechnology

Scholarship Description: The PhD position aims to delve into the microbial diversity and metabolic versatility of microorganisms responsible for biological phosphorus removal. The research will involve evaluating bioreactor operations and applying advanced omics techniques, including metagenomics, metaproteomics, and metabolomics. The selected candidate will be part of the Biotechnology section at TU Delft, an inclusive and innovative team committed to exploring wastewater treatment processes.

The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School, which offers a comprehensive Doctoral Education Programme designed to develop both transferable and research-specific skills. The project will be supervised by Asst. Prof. Samarpita Roy and Prof. Mark van Loosdrecht.


  • MSc in Environmental/Chemical Engineering, Microbiology, or Bioinformatics.
  • Strong interest and background in biological processes and biotechnologies.
  • Proven laboratory experience through courses, internships, or previous work.
  • Scientific attitude, analytical skills, and a hands-on mentality.
  • Independent, self-motivated, and collaborative.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.


  • Experience in designing/operating lab-scale bio-reactors.
  • Knowledge in metagenomics and bioinformatics pipelines.
  • Proficiency in Linux, R, or Python programming.

Required Documents:

  • Detailed CV (maximum 2 pages).
  • Contact details of 2 references.
  • Motivation letter (maximum 1 page) addressing the following:
    • Why you are applying?
    • Why you believe you are a good fit for this position?
    • What you aim to achieve by the end of the 4-year contract?
    • How you expect the PhD studies will benefit your future career?

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit their applications before 22 July 2024 via the TU Delft application portal. Early applications are encouraged as initial interviews may start before the deadline.

Last Date: 22 July 2024

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Join TU Delft and contribute to advancing environmental biotechnology in wastewater treatment, working in a supportive and dynamic research environment!



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