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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Infrastructure and Resilience (WIRe)

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Infrastructure and Resilience (WIRe)

Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding PhD opportunity?

60 PhD Students to be funded over the next five years for UK and eligible EU students.

Globally, one in four cities is facing water stress, and the projected demand for water in 2050 is set to increase by 55%. Placing an inspirational student experience at the centre of our delivery model, the Water Infrastructure and Resilience Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) will nurture a new generation of research leaders to provide the multi-disciplinary, disruptive thinking to enhance the resilience of new and existing water infrastructure.

The CDT is run by three world leading water research groups at internationally leading universities:

Project title Host University Enquire
Soil as a core infrastructure to achieve catchment resilience Cranfield University Closed for applications
Minimising whole life carbon emissions in a multi-site utility Newcastle University Post filled
The Future of Wastewater Based Epidemiology (joint project with The University of Sheffield) Newcastle University Post filled
The potential to minimise Nitrogenous Disinfection By Products and their Toxicological Importance Cranfield University Closed for applications
Recovery from sewage sludge by optimised pyrolysis process control Cranfield University Closed for applications
Forecasting raw/catchment water quality to inform water abstraction and reduce treatment costs of potable water University of Sheffield Post filled
Achieving biologically stable / low AOC water in the UK University of Sheffield Closed for applications
Securing drinking water supplies: the role of organic matter on water treatability Cranfield University Closed for applications
Applied biotechnology to enhance resilience of wastewater treatment plants Cranfield University Closed for applications
Ammonia to energy: A key decarbonisation strategy for the water sector Cranfield University Post filled
WIRe CDT PhD Studentship: Modelling Groundwater Resilience under Extreme Drought Newcastle University Post filled
Performance assessment and whole-life costing of STW grit removal processes University of Sheffield Further information and apply now
Effects of microplastics on interactions between soil biota, soil structure and crop performance in sewage sludge-amended soils University of Sheffield Closed for applications
Controlling water chemistry to improve drinking water quality and minimising disinfection by-products Cranfield University Closed for applications

You will have the opportunity to develop solutions that consider the complexity of water infrastructure through whole systems thinking and carry out research and training using large scale experimental facilities and observatories. Supported by more than twenty industry and end-user partners, you will:

  • Work on PhD projects that have been co-created with industry and end-user partners
  • Carry out an industrial placement and an overseas placement
  • Undertake a bespoke training programme with your cohort peer group to obtain the technical and professional skills required to lead research in water resilience.
  • Hands on training and research using large scale experimental facilities
  • Receive a stipend of £19,000 per year (with Fees paid) for eligible students (UK and EU)
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Infrastructure and Resilience (WIRe)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum equivalent to a UK upper second class degree (2.1) and preferably an MSc in a relevant subject.

We are an inclusive and diverse doctoral centre and welcome applications from all highly motivated individuals, regardless of background, identity or disability.

The studentships are open to UK and international students (including EU countries) however due to funding rules, no more than 30% of the projects in this cohort can be allocated to international students.

Funding and Application

All eligible students will receive an enhanced stipend of £19,000 per year with fees paid. All training and placement (overseas/industry) costs will also be covered, subject to supervisor approval.

Project titles, descriptions and applications for October 2021 start will be available from early 2021 through the CDT website.

Further information

Contact the CDT Administrator: Tania Rice, t.c.rice@cranfield.ac.uk

Visit the CDT website: www.cdtwire.com

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Infrastructure and Resilience (WIRe)