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PhD in water chemistry - sponsored by Anglian Water and Thames Water

   School of Water, Energy and Environment (SWEE)

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About the Project

A PhD project at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Infrastructure and Resilience (WIRe)

This is an exciting fully funded 4-year PhD opportunity, sponsored by Thames WaterAnglian Water, and EPSRC.

The project will investigate whether ozone and granular activated carbon are still suitable processes to tackle current and emerging contaminants and provide drinking water resilience. The studentship includes an enhanced stipend of £19,000 per annum. The successful candidate will be in regular contact with Anglian Water’s and Thames Water’s innovation teams and will be part of the Drinking Water group at Cranfield’s Water Science Institute. Students will benefit from being part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Infrastructure and Resilience (WIRe), a world leading collaboration between three universities ( The WIRe programme includes a bespoke training programme in technical and personal skills development and provides opportunities for overseas travel and access to world leading experimental facilities.

It is important that we have robust and resilient processes to remove micropollutants from drinking water to ensure that consumers are continually provided with safe and wholesome water. However, the infrastructure used to treat drinking water is ageing, water quality regulations are getting tighter, populations are growing, and climate change may influence our water resources. In the case of micropollutants, we have relied on ozone and adsorption processes such as granular activated carbon (GAC) to remove a range of water contaminants. However, these processes are often more than 20 years old and are reaching the end of their design lifespan. Urgent research is therefore needed to understand how these processes can be future-proofed to meet future challenges.

  1. What is the potential to adapt existing ozone and adsorption infrastructure in drinking water plants to remove micropollutants and pathogens and make them more resilient to future treatment challenges?
  2. What are the alternative treatment processes and how does the flowsheet that best delivers effective water quality look like?

The project is an exciting collaboration between Cranfield University, Thames Water and Anglian Water as part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Infrastructure and Resilience (WIRe).

Key scientific discoveries are anticipated in relation to our understanding of oxidation and adsorption systems for micropollutant removal and how these can be translated into real operational systems. Through an optioneering process and experimental investigations at laboratory and pilot scale you will identify the opportunities (and limitations) of implementing these processes into water treatment systems.

As part of the WIRe doctoral centre, students will benefit from an enhanced stipend of £19,000 per annum, undertake a bespoke training programme within a cohort of up to 12 students and have access to world leading experimental facilities and observatories, as well as close collaboration with industry and end-user partners.

At the end of the project, you will be very well positioned to have a highly successful career in the water sector or in an academic role. We will help you develop into a dynamic, confident and highly competent researcher with wider transferable skills (communication, project management and leadership) that will be highly desirable for future employability.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as engineering, chemistry or environmental science. The ideal candidate should have some understanding of water treatment. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders, with an interest for industrial research.

How to apply

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For general enquiries about this position including help applying, terms and conditions, etc, please contact [Email Address Removed], quoting reference number SWEE0151.

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Funding Notes

Sponsored by Thames Water, Anglian Water and EPSRC, this studentship will provide a bursary of £19,000 per annum (tax free) plus fees* for four years.
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