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Taking 20th Century drinking water treatment assets into the 21st Century

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    Dr P Jarvis
    Prof Bruce Jefferson
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This exciting fully funded PhD, with an enhanced stipend of £19,000 per annum and working in collaboration with Thames Water, will research the means of delivering effective drinking water well into the future against a backdrop of significant challenge. 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 (www.cdtwire.com). 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.


Water infrastructure assets are ageing, regulations are getting tighter, populations are growing, and climate change may influence our water quality. The appetite for customers and government to fund a massive change in our infrastructure seems low. The critical combination of time as well as environmental and political change requires deep intellectual study to resolve. If the future of existing large municipal water treatment sites is doomed, what will replace it?
The aim of this work is to answer the following questions:
1) What is the potential to adapt existing drinking water treatment options and infrastructure to futureproof it to meet future treatment challenges?
2) What is the flowsheet of the future that best delivers effective water quality (un)encumbered by the need to utilise existing infrastructure?
The project is an exciting collaboration between Cranfield University and Severn Trent as part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Infrastructure and Resilience (WIRe).

Accordingly, key scientific discoveries are anticipated in regards to the translation of existing knowledge based on laboratory and simulated systems to that of real operational practice. This will identify the key water quality characteristics and mass transfer limitation that inhibit delivery of anticipated treatment rates and efficacies derived at laboratory scale.

As part of the WIRe 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 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 wastewater treatment. 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: Professor Peter Jarvis
Email: [Email Address Removed]
T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 8318

If you are eligible to apply for this studentship, please complete the online application form stating the Ref no. SWEE0082

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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