Post Doc in Recovery of Valuable Materials from Marine Environment

Royal Institute of Technology School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health

Postdoc in Recovery of Valuable Materials from Marine Environment

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

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Job description

A two-year postdoc position is available at the Department of Industrial Biotechnology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. As a postdoctoral researcher, you will be a part of a EU Horizon project and a Nordic Co-operation project in the team of Assoc. Prof. Zeynep Cetecioglu Gurol. The work for the EU project at KTH will include investigating ex-situ bioremediation strategies for PAH contamination in the marine sediment (the BalticSea) via biostimulation/bioaugmentation as well as developing recovery strategies (i.e. bioleaching and sequential recovery) for the valorization of phosphorus and metals from the marine sediment. The main research will be in the laboratory scale. The work for the Nordic Co-operation project will include monitoring of pilot-scale floating wetland system for the removal of excess nutrients from eutrophic marine water and providing coordination between project partners.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Works in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • A strong academic track-record, demonstrated by high-quality publications.
  • Good communication skills and command of written and spoken English as English is the language that is mainly spoken at the department
  • Complex problem-solving skills and critical thinking
  • Ability to work interdisciplinary
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Collaborative abilities
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • Proven ability to work in the following areas: anaerobic bioreactor operation, sediment characterization, microbial ecology, 16S rRNA sequencing, and bioinformatics
  • Research experience on bio-based recovery strategies for marine sediment
  • Collaborative international experience
  • Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency
  • Teaching abilities

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The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

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About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2022-06-22
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number C-2022-0834
Zeynep Cetecioglu Gurol, +4687908251
Published 26.Apr.2022
Last application date 26.May.2022 11:59 PM CEST
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