The Nuclear Research Centre in Belgium (SCK•CEN) is looking for PhD candidates. The topic is microbial processes in geological disposal of radioactive waste.
The aim of the project is to unravel the impact of microbial processes on cement in repository-like conditions and on bitumen (derivatives) at a high, cement-derived, pH. The two parts of the project, one on cement and one on bitumen, will be complementary and will overlap mostly in the experimental set-up and methodology used.
The PhD project will be part of an international project. The PhD candidate will have ample opportunity to exchange experiences and samples with European colleagues, to relate the lab scale experiments to complementary in situ experiments and to follow the first steps towards the validation of the experimental results towards modelling and performance assessment.