Where: Wetsus – Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Starting date: Flexible
Duration: 6 months
Allowance: 200- 400 euros/month – not applicable for Erasmus student
In the last 10 years, new molecular biology tools like Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) became available to unravel the microbial composition and activity of microbial communities. This offers the potential of providing information on both the presence and the response of the microorganisms towards their environment, allowing a comprehensive evaluation of the water quality in wastewater treatment plants.
The meta’omics datasets which are generated by NGS technology are big data in nature and provide an opportunity for tapping into new knowledge potential by using data-driven models. However, fitting reliable models using meta’omics dataset can be a challenging task due to high dimensionality, limited amount of samples, high amount of unknowns in the dataset, and great disparity in the sampling frequencies.
To circumvent problems caused by missing data points, different time-series interpolation techniques exist. For this internship project, a comprehensive performance evaluation of different time-series interpolation techniques will be conducted on a real-life data set to model water microbiome diversity as a measure of different process parameters in a saline wastewater treatment plant in the Netherlands.
• Experience working in an international environment
• Experience working on a multidisciplinary project
• Contribution to the advancement of water technology
How to apply:
Please attach your CV (max 2 pages) and motivation letter (max 1 page) in the application form below. You can contact the phd researcher Asala Mahajna through the message option below.