Doctoral position in treatment of source separated greywater

Sweden Water Research in collaboration with Nordvästra Skånes Vatten och Avlopp AB (NSVA) is looking for you who are willing to pursue a PhD degree and are interested in in wastewater treatment. You will research future ways to purify source-separated wastewater to very low emission levels using biological, mechanical and chemical treatment.

Doctoral student in water and environmental engineering


Sweden Water Research is a research and development company that researches water and develops new effective solutions to meet the water services industry’s future challenges. We both initiate and lead projects, networks, and collaborate and provide active support for innovations in the water sector. Sweden Water Research is owned by NSVA, Sydvatten AB and VA SYD and is financed through each organization allocating at least one percent of their revenue to the R&D company. Via the owners, the company is anchored in 18 municipalities in Skåne, Sweden. The head office is located at Ideon in the city of Lund.

Project description and Tasks:

The focus of this doctoral position is advanced treatment of municipal wastewater with a focus on treatment of source separated greywater to very low emission levels that allow discharge of treated water in inland water bodies. Different process configurations will be studied, for example mechanical, biological and chemical pre-treatment of greywater with subsequent polishing steps based on ground-based horizontal filters. A significant part of the tasks includes experimental work as well as operation of test facilities and laboratory analyzes.

As an industrial doctoral student, you will have a strong connection to the university and your doctoral education, but the role also means that you will regularly be on site in Recolab and then in close collaboration with staff and co-administrators build, develop, optimize and follow up a greywater treatment pilot.

As a doctoral student, you will also be involved in the work planned with a local greywater solution for 10,000 people in Helsingborg (Östra Ramlösa)

The tasks also include participation in teaching and other departmental work, however, a maximum of 10% of working hours.


Confirm one (or more) future solutions for greywater treatment that enable local decentralized treatment and discharge in the immediate area.

The interest and need for local solutions is already present today in our world. By working out a solution that enables local separation of greywater, expensive and less cost-effective rebuilding of old existing infrastructure is avoided.


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

  1. has graduated at advanced level,
  2. has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
  • Has very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Driving license (B) required.

Assessment criteria:

Selection of candidates is based on the assessed ability to carry out the postgraduate education. The assessment of ability is mainly based on the study results at the undergraduate and advanced level.

The following are taken into account:

  • Knowledge and skills relevant to the dissertation and the subject.
  • Assessed ability to work independently and ability to formulate and tackle scientific problems.
  • Ability for written and oral communication in both Swedish and English.
  • Other experiences relevant to the education at postgraduate level, e.g., professional experience.

Other qualifications:

  • Experience of work in wastewater treatment, preferably with greywater.
  • Experience of decentralized wastewater treatment.
  • Documented experience of qualified work or other relevant competence with practical experimental work on both a lab scale and pilot scale.
  • Knowledge of the Swedish language (written and oral) is considered as a merit.

Consideration will also be given to good skills on collaboration, ability for independent work, as well as how the applicant, through his or her experience and competence, is judged to have the ability needed to pass the doctoral program.


Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at the Faculty of Science 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 §§. Safety talks and health examinations will take place when you visit civilian protected objects.

Instructions for application

Application may be written in Swedish or 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 (transcripts of records, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Sweden Water Research, NSVA and LTH welcome applicants with different backgrounds and experiences. We see equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. Welcome with your application!

Questions & application

Questions about the position are answered by Henrik Aspegren, CEO Sweden Water Research 073-03 23 056 or Amanda Widén, Development engineer NSVA 010-490 97 65,

Send your application to no later than 17 April 2022. Ongoing selection takes place.

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