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Rapid characterisation of water for enhanced drinking water quality

  • Full or part time
    Dr P Jarvis
    Prof Bruce Jefferson
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, January 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This exciting PhD opportunity will explore new methods to characterise water for process selection, optimisation and treatment. The effective removal of complex organics is of critical global importance in providing safe drinking water. The project will determine the risks and impacts of climate change to water sources, quality and treatment. Working in collaboration with Cranfield University and Scottish Water, you will develop leading edge analytical methods, evaluate new techniques and design experiments to provide essential knowledge to an international community of academics and professionals. This PhD offers a stipend of £18,000 per annum with fees covered at the home/EU rate.

Brief outline of area/discipline the project relates to and its relevance today: Understanding the components present in water sources used for drinking water has become ever more important due to the effects of climate change, land use and rapid urban growth. As we look to make our drinking water supply more resilient to the effects of warmer and more unpredictable climatic conditions, understanding how these factors influence water quality and downstream treatment processes is urgently required. This exciting project will appeal to those from a chemistry, engineering or environmental sciences background.

Project Focus/Aim: Here you will develop rapid characterisation methods and tools that can be deployed in the field and laboratory to quickly determine the treatability of water and understood the dynamics of changing water quality both in the catchment and through different water treatment stages.

Cranfield overview and Sponsor Information/Background: The Cranfield Water Science Institute at Cranfield University is a leading centre of research excellence in water treatment process science. Scottish Water provide 1.34 billion litres of drinking water every day and are at the frontline of water research related to water characterisation and treatment. For this PhD, you will undertake most of your work based in Scotland (Edinburgh) with Scottish Water while being registered as a Cranfield University student. You will be expected to use Cranfield analytical facilities from time to time.

Expected impact/results of research project: The project will have huge impact through enabling rapid assessment of water quality which can be used to change treatment practice and inform decision making on, for example, catchment management initiatives, treatment process investments and operational practice.

Unique Selling Points of project (e.g.: travel, conferences, external training opps). You will have the opportunity to present your work at international conferences and will be expected to engage fully with the teams at Cranfield and Scottish Water.

What will the student gain from experience (transferable skills, employability): 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 second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as engineering, chemistry, environmental sciences, or water science. The ideal candidate should have some understanding of water treatment and supply. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders, with an interest for industrial research. Prior experience in the water sector would be advantageous but is not essential.

How to apply
For further information please contact:
Name: Peter Jarvis
T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 8318

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form
For further information contact us today:
T: +44 (0)1234 758082

Funding Notes

Sponsored by Scottish Water, this studentship will provide a bursary of up £18,000* (tax free) plus fees at the home/EU rate for three years.
*To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK or EU national.

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