Thesis / internship project (BSc or MSc)

Engineering and/or Technology, Natural Sciences
Netherlands
Leeuwarden
Period: 
1 Apr, 2021 to 31 Aug, 2021
Deadline: 
2 Dec, 2020

General information

Duration: 
7 months
Commitment: 
Full-time
Description: 

 

Calcium phosphate biocrystallization during
anaerobic digestion

 

Phosphorus (P) is essential for life on earth due to its various vital functions in growth and energy mechanisms of fauna and flora. Phosphate rock, the natural resource of P, is finite and dwindling in quality and quantity. A shortage in P would threaten the food security.

In the Netherlands, 71 million kg of P are produced as animal manure annually. Here at Wetsus, we research a multidisciplinary approach to trigger calcium phosphate bio granulation during the treatment of animal manure in an up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor.

 

Your tasks:

  • Help designing novel process
  • Modify bioreactors treating manure
  • Operating and monitoring bioreactors
  • Performing and preparing a broad variety of lab analyses
  • Evaluating and optimizing reactor performance

Your benefits:

  • Experiencing a multidisciplinary and international working environment
  • Developing excellent practical lab skills
  • Being part of active research to develop a sustainable biotechnology

Your application:

We are looking forward to work with you from April or May 2021 for at least 5 months at Wetsus in Leeuwarden, if you are an enthusiastic BSc or MSc student in topic related studies. Fluent English, good lab skills and analytical thinking are appreciated. You cannot be afraid of working with animal manure.

Contact [email protected] for questions or send a brief motivation letter and your CV to apply.

Compensation: 
Financial compensation
Years of Experience required: 
No

Keywords

Biocrystallization  Anaerobic digestion  Resource recovery  Phosphorus  

Additional Information

Applicants need to be citizen of the European Union or be enrolled at a University in the European Union.
Requirements
Languages: 
English: Independent User B2
Level of Studies: 
Master
Skills: 
Laboratory
Reporting
Communication