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Demonstration of anaerobic membrane bioreactors for water and energy reuse in wastewater treatment applications PhD

  • Full or part time

    Prof Bruce Jefferson
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This PhD position offers an exciting opportunity to resolve key questions around the demonstration of anaerobic municipal wastewater treatment in the temperate climates sponsored by EU H2020 in close collaboration with Severn Trent Water. This studentship provides a bursary of up to £18,000/year (tax free) plus fees* for three years. The successful candidate will work at Cranfield University and also at Severn Trent sites understanding the operation and benefits of anaerobic municipal wastewater treatment. The work is applied to wastewater and involves data analysis, operation of a demonstration scale plant supplemented with laboratory investigation to resolve key scientific questions.
The forced aeration of secondary processes entails a high energy consumption in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), which can account for 20-60% of the total energy demand. The increasing cost of energy in the UK, and worldwide, have made aerobic processes less attractive to the water industry. Anaerobic processes have been increasingly used as cost effective processes and a promising alternative to aerobic processes. The use of these technologies by water utilities has been identified as a potential solution to lower the energy demand and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. In anaerobic processes organic carbon biodegradation proceeds in the absence of air, and energy recovered as a methane-rich biogas hence generating energy. Anaerobic municipal wastewater treatment has been substantiated at Cranfield University through a number of investigations. The next step is to demonstrate the benefits of this technology in a 500 m3/day anaerobic membrane bioreactor that is under construction at Severn Trent Water.

The aim of the project is to demonstrate the benefits of anaerobic membrane bioreactor for water and energy reuse in municipal wastewater treatment plants

A PhD at Cranfield allows successful candidates to demonstrate their ability to conduct research, whilst benefiting from the support of academic supervisors and industrial input from the project sponsors. Cranfield University is well known for its excellence delivering research for the water industry. Our students are a key part of this relationship, often finding careers within the industry after completing their studies at Cranfield.

The research developed in this project is expected to contribute to the develop an innovative process that can be commercialised and implemented widely at the water industry for water and energy reuse in municipal wastewater treatment plants.

As such this PhD provides an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to gain experience on cutting edge applied research and its dissemination into the water industry providing ideal skills development for future careers within both academia and industry.

This PhD offers an exciting opportunity to resolve the key questions around the anaerobic wastewater treatment processes and help establish a robust business case for its implementation. The successful candidate will gain experience on cutting edge applied research and its dissemination into the water industry providing ideal skills development for future careers within both academia and industry.

Entry requirements
Applicants should have:
• A first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related subject such as engineering, environmental science or chemistry.
• Appropriate knowledge of written and oral English.
• An understanding of wastewater treatment technologies and processes is desirable.
• A driving licence

How to apply

For further information please contact: Ana Soares, T: (0) 1234 750111
If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form stating the reference number SWEE0072.
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Funding Notes

Sponsored by EU H2020 in close collaboration with Severn Trent Water. This studentship will provide a bursary of up to £18,000 (tax free) plus fees* for three years.

To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK or EU national. We require that applicants are under no restrictions regarding how long they can stay in the UK.

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