The FertiCycle Network announces 15 PhD student positions (ESR) on ‘New bio-based fertilisers from organic waste upcycling'

Do you want to contribute to a more sustainable future and development of solutions for the circular economy? If yes, then the FertiCycle Network is currently looking for 15 highly talented and motivated candidates for PhD, with the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to help the network make successful research breakthroughs on new bio-based fertilisers from organic waste upcycling.


The FertiCycle Network is a multidisciplinary European Training Network (ETN) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. The consortium is comprised of 9 world leading universities and 7 research institutions/agencies/companies in 8 European countries. 

The background for the FertiCycle network is that currently, the EU is heavily import dependent for more than 90% of the nonrenewable phosphorus and synthetic nitrogen fertilisers consumed. This has large economic cost (more than €15 billion/y) and negative environmental impacts from fertiliser production and use. European farmers and fertiliser industry therefore urgently need techniques for increasing substitution of synthetic with waste-derived nutrients formulated into high-quality, bio-based fertilisers to fulfill the EU action plan on circular economy. However, this requires research into new processing, application and assessment and more innovative and entrepreneurial scientists capable of meeting these future needs – FertiCycle aims to fill this gap. 

The overall research objective of FertiCycle is therefore to develop new processes for production of bio-based fertilisers, recycling wasted resources and to estimate the market potential and sustainability challenges of their production and use. Furthermore, the FertiCycle Network will train 15 early stage researchers (ESR/PhD) to fulfill this objective. A comprehensive training program and the individual research projects will enable the individual ESR/PhDs to generate, integrate and apply inter-disciplinary knowledge for developing new technical solutions for bio-based fertiliser production, management and marketing. The training, secondments and internships will also give them competences for inter-sectoral work and international collaboration in industry and academia. 

FertiCycle outcomes will be 15 highly qualified young scientists; required technologies, knowhow and market concepts from which innovative bio-based fertiliser products can develop to proof-of-concept level with industry.

More info on the overall project, the partners and the available individual PhD positions and research projects can be found at:



with links to where application can be made – deadline around 14 / 15 Apr 2020 (see individual posts). Starting date 1 Sept 2020 at the latest.