Vacancy No. 1070/2024

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d) in the area of “Innovative and Sustainable Wastewater Treatment Using Bioelectrochemical Systems”

Job description
  • The postdoctoral researcher will work on a project aiming to study the feasibility of applying an integrated concept of anaerobic microbial fuel cells (MFC) and anaerobic microbial electrolysis cells (MEC) in wastewater treatment. This integrated technology advances wastewater treatment to climate-neutral and energy-saving concepts with hydrogen production and water reuse potential. The developed technology may lead to the replacement of current biological treatment for wastewater which has a high CO2 footprint. Therefore, we are looking for a researcher on the subject of Microbial Bioelectrochemistry.
  • The researcher should also be involved in multidisciplinary collaboration and exchange with other partners from science, administration, and industry.
  • Publication of the research results is expected.
  • Possibly collaboration in teaching tasks and writing research grants.
Personal qualification
  • Master and Ph.D. degree in chemical, civil, environmental engineering or in biotechnology, biochemistry, electrochemistry
  • Very strong technical expertise in microbial fuel cells and microbial electrolysis cells and relevant laboratory skills
  • Very good written and spoken English language skills; German language skills is a merit
  • Excellent publication record
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills
  • Knowledge of biological wastewater treatment is a plus
  • Knowledge of molecular biology is a plus

Salary category 13 TV-L, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Organizational unit

Institute for Water and Environment (IWU)

Starting date

as soon as possible

Contract duration

one year, with the possibility of an extension for another three years after evaluation

Application up to

April 30, 2024

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Dr.-Ing. Mohammad Azari, phone +49 721 608-44116.


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 1070/2024 .
Personnel Support is provided by 

Ms Carrasco Sanchez
phone: +49 721 608-42016,

Kaiserstr. 12, 76131 Karlsruhe

We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.
Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.