Profile of HIGRADE participants

profile_photo_Anh Bui
Name: Anh Bui (United States)

Department Environmental Biotechnology

Flag United States
Research topic

Constructed wetlands as a way to treat greywater in South African informal settlements. I am focusing on the characterisation of greywater treatment using Constructed Wetlands using lab-based models. My objective is to understand flow behaviour and the fate of nutrients, carbon, and potentially microbes in greywater.

At UFZ since

September 2019

How did you learn about the UFZ?

After my master's, I had a continued interested in working in water resources management that is environmentally focused in an interdisciplinary setting. I found my current position on a job board.

Why did you come to the UFZ?

My current position with the UFZ satisfies my career goals. I am career-oriented towards science and technology, but my passion revolves around sustainable development. While satisfying humanitarian needs, I desire to preserve natural resources and sustain environmental health.

What do you like about the city you live in?

Leipzig itself is diverse for its recreational activities. I like the variation within the artists, critical thinkers, green spaces within the cities, the alternative music and festival scene at industrial backdrops, and the vast history of the GDR state that influences how Leipzig took shape today. I love being able to learn about the world from the people I met from the micro-communities that I became a part of.

How do you like it at the UFZ / in HIGRADE?

The HIGRADE program offers a diverse toolkit for the PhD researcher. I like the flexibility to select a university after arriving here, and the ability for the program to align with one's career objectives. They also offer resources such as statistics coaching and is receptive to feedback. Outside of the professional scene, the UFZ has opportunities for social engagement in different meetups such as a German-speaking lunch, PhD teams, and even a choir. One can expand their social circle and maintain hobbies outside of their normal cohort.

Your own links (e.g. homepage, publications)

Personal information ("what else to do", etc.)

I am part of the Orga-team of the upcoming DocDays2020 retreat and send out Doc Lunch emails every other week.


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