Salt water where possible, fresh water where necessary.
Water Nexus is a new NWO-STW research programme of 6 Million Euro, that will run from January 2015 to 2020, and is supported by 25 partners from multinational and small/middle sized companies, consultancy firms, research institutes, water boards, and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. It is coordinated by Prof. Huub Rijnaarts of the Environmental Technology group of Wageningen University & Research.
In total 15 PhD and 2 postdoc researchers will work together to develop new solutions for water supply in fresh water scarce coastal regions in the Netherlands and abroad.
The project focuses on strategies to balance water supply and water demand between industrial and agricultural systems and contain both saline and fresh water options. The search project includes water technology and green technologies such as wetlands. The emphasis will be on industry and agri/horticulture where large volumes of water are produced and used.
Technologies and management strategies will be developed that enable climate change adaptation by exchange of water between industry, agriculture, urban and natural systems, the use of brackish water as a resource, and the inclusion of green infrastructure for water storage and treatment.
Contribution of Environmental Technology
At Environmental Technology, six PhD positions are open on the following topics:
- Saline Water Granular Sludge Technology (Contact person: Hardy Temmink),
- Electro-Membrane Reactors for Sodium and Micro-pollutant Removal (Contact person: Harry Bruning),
- Plant-Microbial-Desalination-Cell (Contact person: David Strik)
- Wetlands Removing Micro-pollutants (Contact person: Alette Langenhoff, with John Parsons UvA)
- Water Demand and Supply Modelling (Contact person: Ingo Leusbrock)
- Integral Blueprints for Flexible Engineering and Design (Contact person: Jan Vreeburg)
On Granular Sludge Technology and Integral Blueprints also PostDoc positions are available. At Wageningen University & Research, Sjoerd van der Zee supervises three additional PhDs on local water management. Professors in Twente, Utrecht, Delft, Amsterdam, and Leiden will (co-)supervise seven additional PhDs. Water Nexus offers a great network for inter- and trans-disciplinary cooperation, fitting the Science for Impact strategies of Wageningen University & Research. The Graduate School WIMEK (Wageningen Institute for Environmental and Climate Research, part of SENSE), offers ample possibilities for PhD training and scientific networking.