PhD or PostDoc position in the field of Microbial Fuel Cells for Wastewater Treatment aboard Ships


The Research Group Environmental Process Engineering at the University of Bremen (Germany) seeks candidates for a PhD or PostDoc position (36 months) in the above field. Candidates should hold a PhD/Master’s degree (or equivalent) in

Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biotechnology (or related fields)

Aim of the project

We want to explore the suitability of microbial fuel cells for the sustainable and reliable treatment of wastewaters aboard pleasure crafts and seagoing vessels. Potential advantages over conventional approaches include reduced energy demand and sludge accumulation as well as improved elimination of nitrogen compounds that contribute to water eutrophication.

Your tasks

In close collaboration with project partners from industry you will be responsible for the design, construction, and characterization of a microbial fuel cell system for wastewater treatment aboard the historic sailing vessel “Grönland”. As the oldest seagoing ship in Germany still sailing today, the “Grönland” was the ship of the first German Polar Expedition in 1868.

Initially, the project tasks include the development of electrode materials, the construction of up-scaled test cells, and the evaluation of operating strategies. Later on, a 1 m³ microbial fuel cell prototype will be constructed and extensively characterized, also onboard the historic sailing vessel.

Your profile

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with excellent scientific record. Successful candidates must be good experimentators and possess strong communication skills. Ideally, the candidates are adept to scientific publication and have previous experience in the fields of bio-electrochemistry, process engineering, and wastewater treatment. Being enthusiastic about sail ships is a plus but not mandatory.

What we offer

The University of Bremen and its Center for Environmental Research and Sustainable Technology offer an excellent scientific environment for interdisciplinary research. The full-time position (salary level 100% E 13) is affiliated to the Research Group Environmental Process Engineering. Our interdisciplinary research is focused on fundamentals, materials, and processes for sustainable environmental engineering and biotechnology.

Institution contact information

For further inquiries and applications please contact:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Sven Kerzenmacher,

Contact email address


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