Doctoral Student in Water Supply and Sewage Technology

Lund University



Lund University was founded in 1666 and ranks repeatedly as one of the world's top 100 universities. There are 40,000 students and 7,600 employees in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our quest to understand, explain and improve our world and people's conditions.

Lund University of Technology, LTH, is a technical faculty at Lund University with research of high international class and major investments in pedagogical diversity.

This doctoral student will be one of several graduate students within Lund University's new graduate school within Agenda 2030. The doctoral student will be employed at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Lund University of Technology.

Agenda 2030 is the framework for sustainable development that the world's countries have signed up to abolish extreme poverty, reduce inequalities, solve the climate crisis, promote peace and justice and much more. To reach the goals, the research has several important roles: identifying challenges and goal conflicts, contributing with new solutions, creating dialogue and learning between different social actors and critically analyzing the goals. Lund University wants to be part of the solution and has therefore started a graduate school with a focus on societal challenges, sustainability issues and Agenda 2030. We now welcome the applicant to the graduate school from various subject backgrounds who want to take an active role in the research on Agenda 2030. The graduate school gives you a unique opportunity to get an interdisciplinary perspective on global challenges,

The graduate school will have at least 12 doctoral students from all faculties. You will belong to a subject-specific postgraduate education and at the same time participate in university-wide interdisciplinary postgraduate education courses, which have been developed on the basis of the issues that the global goals define. The courses give you a great potential to develop new forms of interdisciplinary collaboration and change work. In addition to the doctoral education courses, you will participate in more activities that are linked to the graduate school in order to actively participate in the global sustainability agenda and to move the research front around issues related to Agenda 2030, for example through seminars, conferences, study trips and collaborations with various social actors.

More information about the graduate school can be found here:

Subject Description
Water supply and sewage technology is based on basic knowledge of hydrology, hydraulics, microbiology, mathematics and chemistry. Within the subject, research is conducted in the form of experimental studies in laboratory, pilot and industrial scales, modeling and simulation of technical processes, process design and system analysis. Within the subject is studied the separation of nutrients and micro-pollutants, sludge treatment, separation technology, infrastructure and technical processes for the purification of drinking, day and waste water. 

Particular focus area for this employment is the re-use of wastewater. Waste water recycling has traditionally received the most attention in areas with water scarcity. But in recent years, water scarcity has become a problem in larger parts of the world and also in countries like Sweden. In addition, increasing demands for increased purification of the wastewater (for example removal of micro-pollutants) leads to the introduction of more sophisticated sewage treatment processes, which means that purified wastewater has a quality that can be attractive for direct reuse, e.g. in agriculture, for industrial use or even for the production of drinking water. This doctoral study will focus on technical aspects, but since many of the challenges with the subject are linked to other areas, the work will include interdisciplinary parts,

The main task of a doctoral student is to engage in postgraduate education, which includes participation in research projects and postgraduate courses. The tasks also include participation in teaching and other institution work, however, max. 20% of working hours.

Basic eligibility for postgraduate education has the person who has:

  • graduated at advanced level or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, with content that is relevant to the doctoral program or
  • in some other way, within or outside the country, acquired essentially the same knowledge.

The requirements for special eligibility for Water supply and sewage technology meet the person who has:

  • an in-depth study of at least 30 higher education credits at the advanced level in the subject area.

Finally, the student is required to have the ability needed to cope with the education.

Other requirements:

  • Very good knowledge of English, in speech and writing.

Assessment Criteria: 
Selection for postgraduate education takes place according to the assessed ability to acquire the postgraduate education. The assessment of the ability is mainly based on the study results at the basic and advanced levels. Consider the following:

  • Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis work and the educational topic.
  • Assessed ability for independent work and ability to formulate and attack scientific problems.
  • Ability to write and oral communication.
  • Other experiences relevant to the education at doctoral level, eg professional experience.

Other qualifications:

  • Experience of research-related work in the re-use of waste water
  • Experience of laboratory work including chemical analyzes
  • Good knowledge of Swedish, in speech and writing
  • Experience of collaboration in interdisciplinary projects
  • Driving licence B)

Consideration will also be given to good cooperation ability, drive and independence as well as how the applicant, through his / her experience and competence, is deemed to have the ability needed to cope with postgraduate education.

Only those who are admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The doctoral program is four years for full-time studies. In teaching and other departmental work, the employment is extended to a corresponding degree, but not longer than 5 years (ie max. 20%). Provisions regarding employment as a doctoral student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993: 100), Chapter 5 1-7 §.

Instructions for Application
The application should be written in English. The application must contain a personal letter with a brief description of why you are interested in postgraduate education at Lund University. Based on your subject background, describe how you through the graduate school can contribute to innovative and cross-border research that links to Agenda 2030. Also describe how your experiences can be linked to the graduate school / Agenda 2030 and research in the re-use of waste water.

The application must also include a CV, diploma or equivalent and other information that you wish to rely on (copies of grades, information for references, letter of recommendation, etc.).

In your application, please refer to