EngD Development of a Compact Water Treatment System for PFAS Removal

EngD Development of a Compact Water Treatment System for PFAS Removal

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23 May 2 Jul Delft

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Effective, resilient and cost-effective, high-quality drinking water supply in European context.

Job description

The EngD candidate will work under the EU funded ToDrinQ project. The overall objective of the ToDrinQ project is to support the implementation of the revised Drinking Water Directive and to significantly enhance the scientific and technical knowledge on drinking water quality protection, monitoring and treatment by developing and testing a compendium of modular complementary innovations, including novel real time sensing and water quality parameters technologies, and interoperable, easy to deploy decision tools that support resilient, evidence-based treatment plant design and improved overall water system operational awareness and risk-based response.

You will, amongst others, screen and test innovative adsorbents for removal of PFAS and other persistent/mobile pollutants such as pesticides and pharmaceuticals. In addition, the feasibility of sustainable regeneration of effective adsorbents will be evaluated. Promising findings will further be translated to pilot scale for application at a partner water company. Techno-economical and environmental impact assessments will be made to ensure process sustainability.

The ToDrinQ project consists of many partners all over Europe, including academia, technology providers and end-users. The candidate will, apart from scientific research, co-operate with the partners to identify the needs and to implement prototypes of the developed methods and tools. Regular visits to the partners is part of the project.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


  • MSc in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or related areas.
  • Strong interest in water quality, water supply and/or water treatment technologies.
  • Experience in laboratory testing, proven by previous studies and work.
  • Independent, self-motivated, curiosity-driven mind, open to communicate and collaborate with peers and partners.
  • A scientific attitude and analytical skills combined with a hands-on mentality.

Doing an EngD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. Please take note of the details provided in this PDF document.

Conditions of employment

Would you like to deepen your technical competence, gain applied experience with a small team who is busy rolling out urban water solutions to make big impacts on water shortage and flooding challenges while taking your education to the next level with Doctor of Engineering (EngD) accreditation? The Civil Engineering and Geosciences Faculty of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) offers you a program where you will solve a practical, integrative and complex problem in cooperation with a company in the private sector. You study, on average, two days per week at the TU Delft, following dedicated courses, and apply your learning three days per week on the project in practice.

TU Delft offers EngD-candidates a 2-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, based on scale TOIO and equivalent to those of a doctoral candidate. In the first year, you'll receive a gross monthly salary of €2541, increasing to a maximum of €2960 in the second year.

TU Delft offers a customizable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sports memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


Faculty Civil Engineering & Geosciences

The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology, and delta technology. Our research feeds into our educational programmes and covers societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, resource availability, urbanisation and clean water. Our research projects are conducted in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced of the importance of open science and supports its scientists in integrating open science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

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  • Research, development, innovation
  • Engineering
  • University graduate
  • TUD03978


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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