P-TRAP involves 9 academic partners and 7 companies in Germany, The United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Austria and The Netherlands. The consortium offers 11 PhD positions and is looking for highly motivated candidates, with a strong background in fields requested for the individual projects and excellent English language skills (spoken and written). A unique feature of ETN´s is the combination of research and training units, which includes  the opportunity to perform secondments of several weeks or months at the facilities of other consortium members. Candidates will benefit from a dedicated training program in the various fields of expertise of the consortium members and also from this network of internationally recognized scientists and private companies. Candidates must be willing to travel abroad for secondments and measurement campaigns, and to present their research to an international research community. As this project requires close collaboration within the consortium, candidates are expected to be team players. MSCA-ETN projects are part of Horizon 2020 and offer attractive salaries and working conditions following the conditions as described in the respective work programs.

As this is an EU H2020 MSCA-ITN-ETN project, the following eligibility criteria needs to be fulfilled and proven:
I) Researchers may be of any nationality, BUT may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation they are applying to for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date of recruitment. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.
II) At the date of recruitment the researcher must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. ‘Full-time equivalent research experience’ is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded) – even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.

Please note: The given deadlines in the job descriptions mark the start of the evaluation procedure followed by the selection procedure. After closing the vacancy portals for individual positions, eligible applications might be taken in consideration until the positions are filled. In case you are interested but vacancy portals are already closed please directly contact the respective PIs for more information about the status of the individual vacancy.

The following PhD positions are offered:

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

ESR 11: Effects of Fe supplementation on the ecology and P dynamics in eutrophic lakes

ESR 6: Processes controlling P dynamics upon reductive transformation of P containing Fe minerals

University of Vienna, Austria

ESR 10: Biogeochemical mechanisms influencing the bioavailability of P and Fe from vivianite

University of Bayreuth, Germany

ESR 1: Develop a P-TRAP system to intercept the P flux from a drained catchment area into a recreational lake

ESR 9: Studying the effect of Fe addition to sediments on the  sedimentary biogeochemical processes

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland

ESR 7: Mechanistic studies on the transformation of P-containing Fe(III)oxides

The University of Manchester, United Kingdom

ESR 5: Microbial technologies for converting P-loaded Fe(III)oxides

University of Sevilla, Spain

ESR 8: The effectiveness  of vivianite as a sustainable Fe and P fertilizer for agricultural crops

University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium

ESR 2: Effect of applying vivianite and P-containing Fe(III)oxides on P bioavailability and dynamics in different agricultural soil types

G.E.O.S. Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Germany

ESR 4: Converting Fe residual materials into filter-stable sorbent materisls for P removal

Deltares, The Netherlands

ESR 3: Improving the management of surface waters draiing agricultural areas to optimize the retentions and recovery of Fe-associated P