PhD position on landfill stabilisation (project CURE)

The project CURE (Coupled multiprocess research for reducing landfill emissions) investigates the reduction of the emission potential of landfills by in situ stabilisation measures and will develop predictive tools to forecast the pertaining processes and residual emissions. The objective of the research carried out in this particular PhD project is to quantitatively analyse the spatio-temporal response of landfills to different in-situ stabilisation measures by monitoring the change in quantity and quality of emissions through the water and gas phase as well as the change in the landfills’ structural architecture. This will be achieved by high-resolution measurements of

  • Leachate quantity and quality, including stable isotopes and DNA/RNA profiling
  • 3D temperature time series and 3D water content time series
  • Gas quantity and quality
  • Stabilisation-induced consolidation.

This research will deliver a field empirical data set on the effect of the stabilisation measures which will serve as input for biogeochemical process studies and as calibration and validation data for reactive transport and hydrological models.

As a successful applicant you will have:

  • An MSc degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences or Geosciences with a focus relevant to the research field
  • A strong motivation for experimental work in the field and in the laboratory
  • Strong skills in data processing and analysis
  • An intrinsic inclination and ability to work in a team with fellow academics, technicians and industrial partners
  • Good proficiency in spoken and written English language; Dutch language skills are desired or should be acquired
  • The ability to write scientific publications and technical reports.

For more information, please see: Vacancy announcement

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