Environmental biotechnology approaches to optimize nitrogen and phosphorus removal in wastewater treatment

University of Southampton

United Kingdom

August 10, 2021


Environmental biotechnology approaches to optimize nitrogen and phosphorus

removal in wastewater treatment

School of Biological Sciences

Location: Highfield Campus Closing Date: Tuesday 10 August 2021 Reference: 1440321BJ

PhD Supervisor: Jeremy Webb co supervisor: Yongqiang Liu

Industry Supervisor: Juhani Kostiainen, Plantworks System Limited

Interviews will be held on 3rd September or 10-14th September.

PhD Description :

Chemical-free biological treatment is urgently needed for cost-effective and sustainable nutrient removal from wastewater. In collaboration with PlantWorks System Ltd (PWS), this Ph.D. project proposes to optimize and enhance simultaneous removal of chemical oxygen demand (COD), nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) from municipal wastewater with sequential batch reactor (SBR) technology by deepening understanding of the microorganisms involved for N and P removal, and of the relevant microbial metabolisms, mass transfer and hydrodynamics. The work will combine water process engineering with a microbiological investigation to improve understanding of biological municipal wastewater treatment in SBRs without any chemicals, and thus ultimately towards holistic sustainability of wastewater treatment when protecting water bodies.

The project is funded for 4 years and welcomes applicants from the UK who have or expect to obtain at least an upper second class degree in Biological Sciences or allied subjects. Funding will cover fees and a stipend at current research council rates of £15,609 per annum for 2021/22.

Due to funding restrictions this position is only open to UK applicants.

Applications for a PhD in Biological Sciences should be submitted online at:

https: // studentrecords.soton.ac.uk/BNNRPROD/bzsksrch.PLogin?pos=7187&majr=7187&term=202122

please place Jeremy Webb in the field for proposed supervisor.

General enquiries should be made to Jeremy Webb or Yongqiang Liu at: j.s.webb@soton.ac.uk, Y.Liu@soton.ac.uk

Any queries on the application process should be made to fels-pgr- apply@soton.ac.uk

Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, and the position will be considered filled when a suitable candidate has been identified.

The University of Southampton and the School of Biological Sciences both hold an Athena Swan Silver Award, demonstrating their commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. Due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. University benefits include onsite childcare facilities, state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities, a full programme of events and a range of staff discounts.


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