Beasiswa S3: PhD positions UNESCO-IHE
Beasiswa S3: Three (3) Sanitation Related PhD Positions
PhD positions available at UNESCO-IHE in collaboration with Makerere
University and the Kampala City Council in Uganda
An interdisciplinary research program entitled “*Integrated approaches and
strategies to address the Sanitation Crisis in Unsewered Slum Areas in
African mega-cities (SCUSA)*”, funded by the UNESCO-IHE Partnership Research
Fund (UPaRF), will be carried out by UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water
Education (Delft, The Netherlands), Makerere University, and the Kampala
City Council, both in Uganda.
The SCUSA research program addresses one of the most relevant developmental
issues worldwide: a reduction of under-5 child mortality rates due to
water-borne diseases, and malnutrition in low-income unplanned urban
settlements. As such, the project will contribute to the realization of
Millenium Development Goal 7, Target 10 (i.e. to halve, by 2015, the
proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water). The
SCUSA research program has identified three projects, centered around a slum
area of Kampala. To carry out these research projects, three strongly
interdisciplinary PhD positions are vacant.
The development and expansion of informal settlements in the peri-urban
areas of African cities is widespread, while these cities harbour the
majority of the urban population. Peri-urban areas, or slums, are
characterized by, among other things, poorly constructed houses, poor water
supply and sanitary conditions, and lack or inadequate support services.
Besides the spreading of diseases related to surface water (e.g. malaria),
one of the main problems associated with sanitation and water in peri-urban
areas is related to the pollutant load entering and leaving the peri-urban
catchment, either as surface water or groundwater. This water is polluting
drinking water (with increased incidence of cholera and diarrhoea) or
eutrophying surface water, due to extremely high nutrient fluxes discharged
from the surrounding catchments. As a result, the main research question of
the SCUSA research program is: *How to improve sanitation in peri-urban
urban slum areas?*
Ph.D. project 1: Wastewater and solid waste treatment and reusePh.D. project
2: The socio-economic aspects of improving sanitation Ph.D. project 3:
Hydrology and contaminant transport*The following applies to all 3 Ph.D.
– All topics will be carried out in a so-called sandwich construction
with different phases at UNESCO-IHE in the Netherlands and field research in
Uganda (with regular contacts with Ugandan and Dutch supervisors).
– PhD positions are funded with a fellowship for which NUFFIC regulations
– Starting date: January 1, 2009, for 4 years.
– Qualifications: MSc degree (average mark: 80% or above) in a discipline
relevant to the topic, e.g. environmental engineering, sanitation,
socio-economics of the water sector, water resource economics, hydrology and
– The applicant must demonstrate a strong interest and experience in
conducting interdisciplinary research.
– The applicant must be willing to do research in a team, share his
results with the SCUSA research team and advise fellow Ph.D. researchers
– The applicant should be willing to co-supervise MSc research projects.
– The applicant must be fluent in English (e.g. TOEFL paper based score
of at least 550).
– Excellent reporting skills and shown ability to publish in the
– Knowledge of the African sanitation field is desirable.
– Age: 40 years and below.
For questions, please mail Prof. Dr. Frank Kansiime (
firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Jan Willem Foppen of UNESCO-IHE (
Applications, including curriculum vitae, a motivation letter and 2 letters
of recommendation, as well as the names and contact details of three
contactable referees, all in one pdf file, should be sent by email to
email@example.com before *September 1st 2008*.
Please mention in the subject heading “PhD application SCUSA project *x*”,
where *x* refers to the Ph.D. projects mentioned above. Short-listed
candidates will be contacted before October 1st 2008 to set a date of an
interview, possibly via video-conferencing.
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