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Doctoral student in Water Resources Engineering focusing on Microbiology (PA2024/1768)

Updated:1 day ago
Deadline:12 Jun 2024
Description of the workplace

The Division of Water Resources Engineering, within the Department of Building and Environmental Technology, carries out research and teaching addressing engineering aspects of how water and materials are transported in natural and urban systems. The division has about 30 employees and a total of 20 doctoral students. The doctoral position is offered within water quality, specifically directed towards microbial aspects of water quality. This will include work with natural water bodies as well as engineered water environments such as drinking water production, from a microbial perspective.

The Department of Building and Environmental Technology has a stimulating and international environment consisting of PhD students, postdocs and teachers from many parts of the world. Here, research and teaching take place in an open and progressive climate with challenges and collaborations both within academia and with industry partners, both nationally and internationally. The work environment is characterized by commitment, collaboration, creativity and personal responsibility.

Project description

This position is to work within a group of researchers including PhD students and other students working with DNA sequencing, flow cytometry and traditional laboratory experiments to characterize different aspects associated with the microbiomes of sediments and water. This specific project will use DNA-based methods combined with traditional microbial analysis to investigate cyanobacteria and other bacteria from drinking water source to distribution. This project will link the doctoral student to a number of external stakeholders, including the Swedish Geological Survey, Swedish drinking water producers, and the international network within the Horizon Europe project FARMWISE, coordinated by Lund University 

Work duties

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

You will take part in activities (e.g., seminars) at the water resources engineering division. You will be responsible for conducting laboratory experiments to optimize growth of different bacteria, while also analysing DNA-based data to describe both individual bacteria as well as microbial populations. You will have the opportunity to conduct environmental sampling in different contexts around Sweden, and travel to project meetings as well as national and international scientific conferences. 

Detailed description of the work duties:

  • Maintaining cyanobacteria cultures
  • Managing DNA sequencing projects including data delivery and storage
  • Organizing sampling campaigns
  • Writing reports and presenting scientific findings to diverse stakeholders
  • Managing large data sets including DNA-based descriptions of bacteria generated by flow cytometry, whole genome or microbiome DNA sequencing, and accompanying metadata.
  • Admission requirements 

    A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if the applicant: 

    • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
    • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
    • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

    A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in Water Resources Engineering if the applicant has: 

    • At least 120 credits in subjects of relevance to the field of research, including at least 75 second-cycle credits in a relevant field for the subject area, or
    • A second-cycle degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or similar.

    Additional requirements:

    • Laboratory skills for isolation and culturing of specific bacteria and/or cyanobacteria.
    • Experience in analyzing DNA sequences generated by shot gun metagenomics and/or amplicon sequencing and metadata using R or python. 
    • Experience of conducting independent work in a laboratory context.
    • Understanding of freshwater and other bacteria of environmental origin, and/or microbes in an industrial context, preferably related to drinking water treatment.
    • Excellent skills in written and spoken English.

    Assessment criteria

    Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following: 

    • Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study.
    • An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
    • Written and oral communication skills.
    • Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience. 

    Other assessment criteria:

    • Experience in applying statistics and basic machine learning to biological data.
    • Experience communicating with non-academic stakeholders.
    • Experience applying for, and receiving, funding for research or educational activities.
    • Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

      We offer

      Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme. Read more on the University website about being a Lund University employee Work at Lund University . 

      Terms of employment 

      Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

      How to apply

      Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).

      Welcome to apply!


Doctoral student in Synthetic biology to enhance carbon conversion in cyanobacteria


School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Biotechnology

This Ph.D. position is in the Division of Systems Biology, part of the Department of Proteomics. The group of Paul Hudson does research on bacteria that fix carbon dioxide, such as cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria in particular are also models for carbon fixation in plant chloroplasts. This project will develop and apply new synthetic biology methods with the aim to enhance the rate of carbon fixation and conversion in cyanobacteria. Such methods include, for example, CRISPR/Cas gene editing, dynamic enzyme regulation, as well as screening of genetic libraries. The project will also make use of systems biology data, such as genomics and proteomics, to achieve these goals. The project is part of a consortium exploring microbial production of biofuel. The student will work with postdocs and there is the possibility for visits to collaborating laboratories in Finland and France. The project is funded by the European Commission.

Supervision: Paul Hudson is proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admission.

What we offer
Admission requirements

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a second cycle degree (for example a master’s degree), or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 second-cycle higher education credits, or
  • acquired, in some other way within or outside the country, substantially equivalent knowledge

In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory requirement for English equivalent to English B/6.


In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work,
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ‘ time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time. In the case of studies that are to be completed with a licentiate degree, the total period of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education for two years.

Union representatives

Contact information for union representatives .

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

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To apply for the position

Log into KTH’s recruitment system in order to apply for this position. You are responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the instructions in the ad.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long).
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements  (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages. Copies of originals must be certified .
  • Representative publications or technical reports: For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.
  • Other

    Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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    The position may include security-sensitive activities. To become authorized, you therefore need to pass a possible security check.

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    Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.


Please see details of 2 Research Assistant and 1 Postdoctoral Researcher position at the University of Galway, Ireland.

Contact Dr Anne Marie Power (



Research Assistants (x2) – SeaForest Project

School of Natural Sciences, University of Galway, Ireland

Ref. No. 010352


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for two full-time fixed term Research Assistants with Zoology/Ryan Institute at the University of Galway, Ireland.

These positions are available from 1st November 2024 to contract end date of 31st January 2028.


Salary: Research Assistant salary scale €31,150 – €41,033 per annum, (subject to the project’s funding limitations), and pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 17:00 (Irish Time) on 7th June 2024. It will not be possible to consider applications received after the closing date.

Interviews are planned to be held on 1st July



The successful candidates will join a project called ‘SeaForest: from reef to resilience’, which will investigate the distribution and population density of five kelp species around the coast of Ireland, along with associated biodiversity. For RA1, approximately 30% of work will be in the field, 20% in logistics and planning field campaigns, 40% in the lab / analysing SONAR, and the remaining 10% in communication (report writing and presentations). For RA2 approximately 30% of work will be in the field, 20% on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data layers, 40% in lab identification (invertebrates) and the remaining 10% in communication (report writing and presentations). Both Research Assistants will also be involved in project dissemination events and developing monitoring tools with the National Biodiversity Data Centre and Seasearch Ireland. Liaison with team members at University of Galway, the project Steering Group, and reporting to PIs, are other important roles on the project. A good awareness and appreciation of Health & Safety procedures during both lab and fieldwork is essential.

Please see the University webpages for further details Jobs – University of Galway 

Post-Doctoral position for algae 

We’re looking for candidates for a Post-Doctoral position for our project entitled: “Attached algae toolkit for carbon negative biofuels from water treatment”, a project supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratories. The main responsibilities include field work in the Southeastern United States identifying and isolating freshwater filamentous algae species for development  in filamentous algae floway systems for nutrient recovery and biomass production from wastewater streams.

The position is based at Auburn University in Alabama, USA, and is available immediately following candidate review, with a preferred start month of June 2024.

The description and terms of the position are given in the PDF attachment. Also, position terms and application information is available at the Auburn University employment website at

Applications will be accepted immediately and reviewed ongoing for until the position is filled. Questions and queries may be directed to me via email at


David Blersch
David Blersch, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Ecological Engineering
Director, Algae Systems and Ecological Engineering Laboratory (ASEEL)
President, American Ecological Engineering Society:
Biosystems Engineering Department
Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama 36849 USA
Phone: 334-844-3542