Call for Applications: Ph.D. position in the field ‘Membrane Technologies’

KIT is one of the biggest research institutions worldwide and has access to state-of-the art research facilities within the National Research Centre of the Helmholtz Association and the former Technical University. The IFG-Membrane Technology Department was established in March 2014. As a PhD Candidate you will be responsible to work on a research project in the research group of membrane retention and fouling mechanisms applied to water treatment. As part of this project micropollutant specific retention and polymer interaction mechanisms will be investigated in the context of endocrine disrupting chemicals.

This entails the identification of a set of research questions based on detailed literature survey and discussion of research needs with colleagues. Development of a research plan and
timetable for the 1+3 year research project, set-up of required equipment and development of relevant analytical methods. Execution of the research plan through conducting of experiments,
sample and data analysis and write up of results for scientific publications are part of the PhD process – a journey to become an independent researcher.

In addition, cooperation with internal and external partners, bachelor and master student supervision, oral presentations and contribution to teaching within the faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering are part of the candidate responsibilities. Travel and research funding is sought from national and international funding bodies. The position is not defined by a particular project and hence provides the opportunity for the candidate to develop a project of personal
interest (obviously in agreement with the supervisor(s)).

Applications are open and candidates will be considered continuously until the position is filled.
Additional candidates with outstanding proposals and scholarship funding may be recruited on a case by case basis.

For more details of requirements please visit website:

Margaret McNamara Education Grants

Please read the following information carefully before applying.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be at least 25 years old at time of application deadline (see specific regional program application below);
  • Be a national of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility List (except for the Trinity Washington University program);
  • Be enrolled (not just accepted) at an accredited academic institution when submitting application; and plan to be enrolled for a full academic term after award of the grant by the Board;
  • Not be related to a World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund or Inter-American Development Bank staff member or spouse;



Before starting the MMEG application process, please scan the following documents in digital form (pdf preferred, jpeg or png):

  • Identification (ID) card with photo:
    • (a) national passport page with photo and date of birth, if studying outside your home country, or
    • (b) government/university-issued identity card with photo and birth date;
  • Most recent proof of official registration from university (not their acceptance letter);
  • Most recent official university transcripts and/or reports
  • Visa page or study permit page within current passport (if studying outside home country);
  • Second passport page with clear photo (in case of dual citizenship).

You will be asked to upload these documents at specific areas of the on-line application form.  You will also provide:

  • Brief paragraphs of your personal story, and a description of how your studies, experiences and future plans are linked to your commitment to women and children in developing countries;
  • An estimate of your financial situation for the coming academic year, and planned strategies to cover funding needs;
  • A summary of your thesis (if applicable), including its objective, methodology and findings, and relationship to career goals.

Two reference letters are required. Please contact two people from whom you would like to request a reference letter.  Referee 1 must be a faculty member from your current university. Referee 2 may be from a person (non-family member) who can vouch for your character. At least one of the individuals must have known you for the equivalent of at least two semesters. After receiving their confirmation, you will be asked to provide in the application form:

  • Email addresses and phone numbers of the two people providing references. They will each receive an email link from Embark Online to write their recommendation. When their recommendations are submitted, you will also be notified by Embark.

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