Energy and technology

The Department of energy and technology, at the soil, water and environment (MVM) centre, offers a stimulating and interdisciplinary research environment with both national and international focus. Involved supervisors have extensive experience in doctoral supervision and the department has a well-functioning structure for the education.

Socio-technical assessment of urine concentration


The sanitation sector needs innovations with minimal environmental impacts and maximum resource recovery. Separate collection and treatment of urine is one such method. Technologies for dehydrating or concentrating urine are part of the emerging innovations that aim to increase resource recovery from human waste streams. Urine contains a majority of the nutrients found in human excreta, but also large volumes of liquid. Concentrating technologies have the potential to convert human urine into commercial-quality fertilizer and reduce transport and treatment costs. Several technologies are now being piloted around the world, however holistic studies of socio-cultural, institutional and environmental impacts are lacking.

The aim of this project is to investigate the potential for increasing the use of urine concentrating technologies. The proposed study uses a socio-technical approach to meet the following objectives: 1) investigate the potential for urine concentration to support global sustainability goals, 2) investigate the technical and market readiness of urine concentrating systems, and 3) study the socio-technical dynamics influencing urine concentrating systems in order to identify possible development strategies.

The project is a collaboration between the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and University of South Florida (USF). The PhD student will be part of a group of researchers working with socio-technical systems analysis and urine concentrating. A six-month stay as a guest researcher at the University of South Florida is planned for the PhD student.



  • Master of Science in Engineering or Master's degree with a focus on environmental assessment, buildings and infrastructure, environmental management, water technology or equivalent.
  • Good knowledge of English in speech and writing.


  • Previous experience with wastewater systems, environmental, market and/or sustainability assessments
  • To be able to communicate in Swedish

Great emphasis is placed on personal qualities, such as the ability to work together, analytical and problem-solving ability as well as the ability to work independently.

Place of work:      


Forms for funding or employment:

Employment 4 years

Starting date:

According to agreement.


We welcome your application no later than 2020-11-15, use the button below.

A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dissertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photography.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Jennifer McConville

Associate Professor

+46 18-672816