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Photodynamic treatment of reservoirs to eliminate taste and odours from blue-green algae

   Hydro Nation Scholars Programme 2022

  , ,  Friday, January 07, 2022  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Aberdeen United Kingdom Ecotoxicology Environmental Chemistry Environmental Geography Environmental Sciences Pollution

About the Project

Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) proliferate in the summer and autumn with their growth linked to elevated nutrients and water temperatures. They are an increasing problem in fresh water supplies producing both toxins and compounds which impart unacceptable taste and odours. This PhD project will use new LED light technologies to target blue-green algae in drinking water reservoirs before it reaches the water treatment plant to remove the need for expensive treatment. Initial work will be based in the laboratory then extended through pilot studies in drinking water reservoirs. You would be joining a vibrant research group with international collaborations which will allow testing of the developed technologies in diverse environments. Another key aspect of the work will be developing and refining rapid analytical techniques along with in situ sampling methods. This work presents an exciting opportunity for a truly multidisciplinary research project supporting future developments to allow efficient water resource management. The successful candidate will also benefit from training provided through the Hydro Nation Scholarship Programme.

Applicants are strongly advised to make an informal enquiry about the PhD to the primary supervisor well before the final submission deadline. Applicants must send a completed Hydro Nation Scholars application form (available here with a Curriculum Vitae and covering letter to Prof L A Lawton ( ) by the final submission deadline of 7th January 2022.

Funding Notes

The Hydro Nation Scholars Programme is an open competition for PhD Scholars to undertake approved projects, hosted within Scottish Universities and Research Institutes. This project will be hosted by Robert Gordon University. Full funding is available from the Scottish Government (to host institutions via the Scottish Funding Council). The funding available will be in line with the UKRI doctoral stipend levels and indicative fees. Applicants should have a first-class honours degree in a relevant subject or a 2.1 honours degree plus Masters (or equivalent). Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 27th or 28th January 2022

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