A research contract is offered to develop a doctoral thesis at CRETUS center of the University of Santiago de Compostela within the framework of the NUTRITIVE project (Horizon Europe program).

NUTRITIVE is an ambitious project of the HORIZON-CL6-2023- ZEROPOLLUTION-02 call with 22 international partners (Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, China) coordinated by MEDRAR Smart Solutions, S.L. The project aims to address existing gaps translating current challenges associated with manure management into policy recommendations and technical guidelines towards the implementation of sustainable and cost-effective ad hoc solutions for livestock farming systems.

The person hired will work in the area of ​​Removal of emerging contaminants during anaerobic digestion of livestock wastes led by Prof. Marta Carballa from the Department of Chemical Engineering (Environmental Biotechnology Group, USC). The candidate will also have an excellent opportunity to carry out research stays in the different institutions of the consortium. The contract would begin with a 6-month of training period followed by a 3-year predoctoral contract.

Brief work description

  •  Characterization of livestock wastes in terms of emerging contaminants.
  •  Optimization of anaerobic digestion of livestock wastes by temperature to maximize emerging contaminants removal.
  •  Optimization of anaerobic digestion of livestock wastes by carbon materials addition to maximize emerging contaminants removal.


  •  Candidates must have a master’s degree in chemical or environmental engineering, environmental sciences or similar, and present an adequate training in biological wastewater treatment and, in particular, in biological solid waste treatment.
  •  Candidates must have a clear interest in developing a research career culminating in the completion of a PhD thesis.
  •  Candidates must have a good level in English.
  •  Candidates must show the ability to travel abroad to attend project meetings or conferences.

Applications must be sent to marta.carballa@usc.es (including in the subject: “NUTRITIVE PhD position”) before 21st June 2024 at 14:00.

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