PhD opportunity in city-wide inclusive urban sanitation for low- and middle-income countries with Eawag – University of Copenhagen

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24 August 2017

PhD opportunity in city-wide inclusive urban sanitation for low- and middle-income countries with Eawag

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.
The Department of Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development (Sandec) in Dübendorf offers the position of a PhD in city-wide inclusive urban sanitation for low- and middle-income countries.
The main objective of this research is to develop effective pro-poor sanitation interventions to promote low-cost, long-life infrastructure and services. The focus of the research is to move beyond conventional master planning approaches, recognizing that effective urban sanitation requires multiple partnerships between users, communities, local authorities, the private sector, non-profit bodies and others. The research will be aligned with on-going research projects such as “Small-Scale Sanitation Scaling-Up (4S)” and the cross-cutting WINGS programme at Eawag.

The candidate will be enrolled in ETH’s Institute of Environmental Engineering (Prof. Max Maurer), according to ETH’s admission criteria. The candidate will be based at Eawag Sandec and affiliated with Eawag’s Urban Water Management Department. The 3- to 4-year interdisciplinary PhD position is a 100% Eawag PhD salary and also covers funding for field research. The start is 1 January 2018.

We are looking for a qualified candidate with a strong background in urban sanitation in the global south, good analytical skills and ability to conduct interdisciplinary research. Excellent spoken/written English is a requirement.

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Eawag offers a unique research and working environment and is committed to promoting equal opportunities for women and men and to support the compatibility of family and work. Applications from women are especially welcome. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult and

We look forward to receiving your application. Please submit your application including CV, a copy of your MSc thesis or a published paper, a one page outline of your research proposal (including main research objectives, planned activities and methods to be used) and the contact information of two references via the Eawag Jobs & Career webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. The button below will take you directly to the application form. The application deadline is 1 October 2017.