Environmental Science and Technology

PhD positions, starting September 2018

The last date to apply for postgraduate studies is Friday, 13th of April 2018.

For applications, click  here

  • One (1) post in the following topic: “Biorefinery Development for the Production of Bacterial Cellulose and Bioenergy from Kitchen Waste”

Description: Kitchen waste (KW) represents an important example of a problem that could become a technological solution. Thus, the fundamental objective of the thesis is to develop an integrated biorefining strategy exploiting the major organic fraction of municipal solid waste for the production of a biomaterial (bacterial cellulose) and energy (biogas). Different physical, chemical and biological methods will be initially characterized for KW pretreatment, while the material generated will be applied in fermentations aiming to maximize the productivity of bacterial cellulose. Various quality parameters of the biomaterial will be determined, while a zero-waste biorefinery will be operated valorizing any remaining residues through anaerobic digestion to produce biogas. The bacterial cellulose synthesis pathway will be monitored through molecular biology (qPCR) to identify potential metabolic properties affecting the bioconversion of the waste into the desired product.

Required Qualifications: Candidates should possess a Bachelor’s and postgraduate degree of Master’s level from accredited Universities in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Engineering or any other related field.

Financial Support: Depending on the field of expertise and qualifications, the successful candidate could be offered teaching assistant positions in the department for lab-based courses. Moreover, funding could be available through current research projects.

Research Advisor: Michalis Koutinas, Assistant Professor, michail.koutinas@cut.ac.cy, website: http://enblab.weebly.com/

 

  • One (1) post in the following topic: “Economic Analysis of Energy and Environmental Policies in Power Generation

Required Qualifications: Candidates should possess an undergraduate degree in a field of Natural Sciences or Engineering, and an MSc degree related to energy or environmental economics, policy or management. Experience in economic analysis of energy systems and a very good knowledge of power generation technologies are prerequisites.

Research advisor: Theodoros Zachariadis, Associate Professor, t.zachariadis@cut.ac.cy

 

  • One (1) post in the following topic: “Innovative technologies to transform livestock waste into high-value commercial fertilizers (struvite)”

Description: Agriculture and livestock are key sectors in the Mediterranean area. Intensive cattle and pig livestock farming, result in the production of large amounts of waste that represent a major source of pollution, an environmental challenge for society and an economic problem for farms. This project will explore innovative solutions for livestock waste management, taking into account technical, environmental, economic and legal aspects. A pilot unit will be used to transform livestock waste into organic high-value commercial fertilizers (as Struvite), contributing to smart and sustainable growth and to the creation of new businesses and market opportunities.

Required Qualifications: Successful candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University in Chemistry, Environmental Engineering or Chemical Engineering and/or a postgraduate degree (Μaster level) from an accredited University in the field of Environmental Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering. The candidates must be fluent in English. Previous experience in the above-mentioned research topic will be considered as an advantage.

Research advisor: Maria G. Antoniou, Assistant Professor, maria.antoniou@cut.ac.cy

 

  • One (1) post in the following topic: “Restoration of surface waters contaminated with cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (Cynao-HABs)”.

Description: Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) are phototrophic microorganisms and represent an essential component of the food web in all aquatic ecosystems. However, certain strains of cyanobacteria have the ability to produce bioactive secondary metabolites (also known as cyanotoxins) that have detrimental effects on mammalian health. The effects of climate change and anthropogenic activity are contributing to more frequent and prolonged appearance of cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (Cyano-HABs) across the globe, adding further pressure on scarce fresh water supplies. Lake Taihu in China and Lake Erie in Toledo Ohio, USA comprise characteristic examples of cyano-HABs persistence that restricted drinking water supply to millions of people.  In order to mitigate the effects of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins measurements need to be taken at source. This study aims to apply various methods for restoring cyanobacterial contaminated sites including physical, chemical, and phytoremediation.

Required Qualifications: Successful candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University in Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering and/or a postgraduate degree (Μaster level) from an accredited University in the field of Environmental Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering. The candidates must be fluent in English. Previous experience in the above-mentioned research topic will be considered as an advantage. Funding opportunities are available for exceptional candidates.

Research advisor: Maria G. Antoniou, Assistant Professor, maria.antoniou@cut.ac.cy

 

  • One (1) post in the following topic: “Treatment of cyanotoxin-contaminated water with Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs)

Description: The presence and subsequently the removal of micropollutants like pesticides, hormones, medical drugs and naturally occurring toxic metabolites (cyanotoxins) from water resources comprises a challenge for the water and wastewater industry. In order to remove micropollutants in trace concentrations from water resources chemical oxidation technologies such as ozonation and advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) are increasingly used to treat different types of source water and wastewater. The aim of this thesis is to explore the potential application of various AOPs for the removal of a group of natural toxins produced from the toxic strains of cyanobacteria, commonly known as cyanotoxins. The study aims to determine the tested AOPs efficiency and energy demands, toxicity of end product and unveil the transformation products. This will be a collaborative project with the CYANOSOL group of the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, UK.

Required Qualifications: Successful candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering and/or a postgraduate degree (Μaster level) from an accredited University in the field of Environmental Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering. The candidates must be fluent in English. Previous experience in the above-mentioned research topic will be considered as an advantage. Funding opportunities are available for exceptional candidates.

Research Advisor: Maria G. Antoniou, Assistant Professor, maria.antoniou@cut.ac.cy

 

  • One (1) post in the following topic:  “Probing metal-biosurface interactions from marine microorganisms by FTIR imaging”

Required Qualifications: Candidates should possess Bachelor’s in either Environmental Science and Technology or Chemistry or Biology or Chemical Engineering from accredited Universities.

Research Advisor: Constantinos Varotsis, Professor, c.varotsis@cut.ac.cy

 

  • One (1) post in the following topic:  “Probing metal-biosurface interactions from marine microorganisms by Raman spectroscopy “

Required Qualifications: Candidates should possess Bachelor’s in either Environmental Science and Technology or Chemistry or Biology or Chemical Engineering from accredited Universities.

Research Advisor: Constantinos Varotsis, Professor, c.varotsis@cut.ac.cy

 

  • One (1) post in the following topic: “Biogas utilization by microbes for production of Natural gas or other high value added products”

Description: The aim of the PhD is to convert biogas to natural gas and/or other high value-added products. First the PhD student will focus on CO2 conversion to CH4­ using hydrogenotrophic methanogens and metals. Metals such as Iron under anaerobic conditions can be oxidized and can generates H2. Hydrogenotrophic methanogens can consume the generated H2 and CO2  and can produce CH4. This will be studied in a batch and continuous mode. The second objective of the PhD student is to transform CH4 to high value added products such as methanol. Methanotrophs can consume methane and can generate methanol or other high value added products.

Required Qualifications: Successful candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University in Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering and/or a postgraduate degree (Μaster level) from an accredited University in the field of Environmental Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering. The candidates must be fluent in English. Previous experience in the above-mentioned research topic will be considered as an advantage. The selected candidate can be involved with active research projects of the Environmental Engineering Lab (Dr Vyrides as a group leader) and can be teaching assistant to the laboratory courses of the Department of Environmental Science and Technology.

Research Advisor: Ioannis Vyrides, Assistant Professor, ioannis.vyrides@cut.ac.cy

 

  • One (1) post in the following topic: “Use of anaerobic microorganisms for the conversion of CO2 to high value added compounds”

Required Qualifications: Successful candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University in Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering and/or a postgraduate degree (Μaster level) from an accredited University in the field of Environmental Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering. The candidates must be fluent in English. Previous experience in the above-mentioned research topic will be considered as an advantage. The selected candidate can be involved with active research projects of the Environmental Engineering Lab (Dr Vyrides as a group leader) and can be teaching assistant to the laboratory courses of the Department of Environmental Science and Technology.

Research Advisor: Ioannis Vyrides, Assistant Professor, ioannis.vyrides@cut.ac.cy

 

Information:

From the Department Secretary, Tel.: 25002, Fax: 25002767

Environmental Science and Technology

PhD positions, starting September 2018

The last date to apply for postgraduate studies is Friday, 13th of April 2018.

For applications, click  here

  • One (1) post in the following topic: “Biorefinery Development for the Production of Bacterial Cellulose and Bioenergy from Kitchen Waste”

Description: Kitchen waste (KW) represents an important example of a problem that could become a technological solution. Thus, the fundamental objective of the thesis is to develop an integrated biorefining strategy exploiting the major organic fraction of municipal solid waste for the production of a biomaterial (bacterial cellulose) and energy (biogas). Different physical, chemical and biological methods will be initially characterized for KW pretreatment, while the material generated will be applied in fermentations aiming to maximize the productivity of bacterial cellulose. Various quality parameters of the biomaterial will be determined, while a zero-waste biorefinery will be operated valorizing any remaining residues through anaerobic digestion to produce biogas. The bacterial cellulose synthesis pathway will be monitored through molecular biology (qPCR) to identify potential metabolic properties affecting the bioconversion of the waste into the desired product.

Required Qualifications: Candidates should possess a Bachelor’s and postgraduate degree of Master’s level from accredited Universities in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Engineering or any other related field.

Financial Support: Depending on the field of expertise and qualifications, the successful candidate could be offered teaching assistant positions in the department for lab-based courses. Moreover, funding could be available through current research projects.

Research Advisor: Michalis Koutinas, Assistant Professor, michail.koutinas@cut.ac.cy, website: http://enblab.weebly.com/

 

  • One (1) post in the following topic: “Economic Analysis of Energy and Environmental Policies in Power Generation

Required Qualifications: Candidates should possess an undergraduate degree in a field of Natural Sciences or Engineering, and an MSc degree related to energy or environmental economics, policy or management. Experience in economic analysis of energy systems and a very good knowledge of power generation technologies are prerequisites.

Research advisor: Theodoros Zachariadis, Associate Professor, t.zachariadis@cut.ac.cy

 

  • One (1) post in the following topic: “Innovative technologies to transform livestock waste into high-value commercial fertilizers (struvite)”

Description: Agriculture and livestock are key sectors in the Mediterranean area. Intensive cattle and pig livestock farming, result in the production of large amounts of waste that represent a major source of pollution, an environmental challenge for society and an economic problem for farms. This project will explore innovative solutions for livestock waste management, taking into account technical, environmental, economic and legal aspects. A pilot unit will be used to transform livestock waste into organic high-value commercial fertilizers (as Struvite), contributing to smart and sustainable growth and to the creation of new businesses and market opportunities.

Required Qualifications: Successful candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University in Chemistry, Environmental Engineering or Chemical Engineering and/or a postgraduate degree (Μaster level) from an accredited University in the field of Environmental Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering. The candidates must be fluent in English. Previous experience in the above-mentioned research topic will be considered as an advantage.

Research advisor: Maria G. Antoniou, Assistant Professor, maria.antoniou@cut.ac.cy

 

  • One (1) post in the following topic: “Restoration of surface waters contaminated with cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (Cynao-HABs)”.

Description: Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) are phototrophic microorganisms and represent an essential component of the food web in all aquatic ecosystems. However, certain strains of cyanobacteria have the ability to produce bioactive secondary metabolites (also known as cyanotoxins) that have detrimental effects on mammalian health. The effects of climate change and anthropogenic activity are contributing to more frequent and prolonged appearance of cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (Cyano-HABs) across the globe, adding further pressure on scarce fresh water supplies. Lake Taihu in China and Lake Erie in Toledo Ohio, USA comprise characteristic examples of cyano-HABs persistence that restricted drinking water supply to millions of people.  In order to mitigate the effects of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins measurements need to be taken at source. This study aims to apply various methods for restoring cyanobacterial contaminated sites including physical, chemical, and phytoremediation.

Required Qualifications: Successful candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University in Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering and/or a postgraduate degree (Μaster level) from an accredited University in the field of Environmental Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering. The candidates must be fluent in English. Previous experience in the above-mentioned research topic will be considered as an advantage. Funding opportunities are available for exceptional candidates.

Research advisor: Maria G. Antoniou, Assistant Professor, maria.antoniou@cut.ac.cy

 

  • One (1) post in the following topic: “Treatment of cyanotoxin-contaminated water with Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs)

Description: The presence and subsequently the removal of micropollutants like pesticides, hormones, medical drugs and naturally occurring toxic metabolites (cyanotoxins) from water resources comprises a challenge for the water and wastewater industry. In order to remove micropollutants in trace concentrations from water resources chemical oxidation technologies such as ozonation and advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) are increasingly used to treat different types of source water and wastewater. The aim of this thesis is to explore the potential application of various AOPs for the removal of a group of natural toxins produced from the toxic strains of cyanobacteria, commonly known as cyanotoxins. The study aims to determine the tested AOPs efficiency and energy demands, toxicity of end product and unveil the transformation products. This will be a collaborative project with the CYANOSOL group of the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, UK.

Required Qualifications: Successful candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering and/or a postgraduate degree (Μaster level) from an accredited University in the field of Environmental Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering. The candidates must be fluent in English. Previous experience in the above-mentioned research topic will be considered as an advantage. Funding opportunities are available for exceptional candidates.

Research Advisor: Maria G. Antoniou, Assistant Professor, maria.antoniou@cut.ac.cy

 

  • One (1) post in the following topic:  “Probing metal-biosurface interactions from marine microorganisms by FTIR imaging”

Required Qualifications: Candidates should possess Bachelor’s in either Environmental Science and Technology or Chemistry or Biology or Chemical Engineering from accredited Universities.

Research Advisor: Constantinos Varotsis, Professor, c.varotsis@cut.ac.cy

 

  • One (1) post in the following topic:  “Probing metal-biosurface interactions from marine microorganisms by Raman spectroscopy “

Required Qualifications: Candidates should possess Bachelor’s in either Environmental Science and Technology or Chemistry or Biology or Chemical Engineering from accredited Universities.

Research Advisor: Constantinos Varotsis, Professor, c.varotsis@cut.ac.cy

 

  • One (1) post in the following topic: “Biogas utilization by microbes for production of Natural gas or other high value added products”

Description: The aim of the PhD is to convert biogas to natural gas and/or other high value-added products. First the PhD student will focus on CO2 conversion to CH4­ using hydrogenotrophic methanogens and metals. Metals such as Iron under anaerobic conditions can be oxidized and can generates H2. Hydrogenotrophic methanogens can consume the generated H2 and CO2  and can produce CH4. This will be studied in a batch and continuous mode. The second objective of the PhD student is to transform CH4 to high value added products such as methanol. Methanotrophs can consume methane and can generate methanol or other high value added products.

Required Qualifications: Successful candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University in Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering and/or a postgraduate degree (Μaster level) from an accredited University in the field of Environmental Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering. The candidates must be fluent in English. Previous experience in the above-mentioned research topic will be considered as an advantage. The selected candidate can be involved with active research projects of the Environmental Engineering Lab (Dr Vyrides as a group leader) and can be teaching assistant to the laboratory courses of the Department of Environmental Science and Technology.

Research Advisor: Ioannis Vyrides, Assistant Professor, ioannis.vyrides@cut.ac.cy

 

  • One (1) post in the following topic: “Use of anaerobic microorganisms for the conversion of CO2 to high value added compounds”

Required Qualifications: Successful candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University in Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering and/or a postgraduate degree (Μaster level) from an accredited University in the field of Environmental Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering. The candidates must be fluent in English. Previous experience in the above-mentioned research topic will be considered as an advantage. The selected candidate can be involved with active research projects of the Environmental Engineering Lab (Dr Vyrides as a group leader) and can be teaching assistant to the laboratory courses of the Department of Environmental Science and Technology.

Research Advisor: Ioannis Vyrides, Assistant Professor, ioannis.vyrides@cut.ac.cy

 

Information:

From the Department Secretary, Tel.: 25002, Fax: 25002767