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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics: Science and Engineering (WISE)

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Water Informatics Science and Engineering (WISE)

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Water Informatics Science and Engineering (WISE) brings together four internationally-recognised universities to create a unique postgraduate programme in water management. It fosters new levels of innovation and collaboration with industry to train cohorts of engineers and scientists to manage the water cycle effectively and sustainably.

The partnership is between the Universities of Bristol, Bath and Exeter and Cardiff University. Each applicant can apply with a preference for one of the universities. Regardless of the main university, every student spends the first year on a taught programme in Exeter. After this, the student moves to their main university.

We invite applications from graduates in Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Geography and Computer Science who have demonstrated excellence at undergraduate or MSc level. Applicants should have an interest in specific aspects of water and informatics.

Successful applicants starting in September 2018 will receive a stipend of £14,777 (similar to a salary). Students also receive a Research Training Support Grant of up to £11,650 over the duration of their four-year studentship.

Research areas include:

  • Sustainable water resources management under climate, demographic, urbanisation, regulatory changes
  • Management of water and wastewater infrastructure systems across the full urban water cycle covering a wide range of issues
  • Management of flood risk, urban drainage and pollution events for more resilient societies and ecosystems
  • Innovative water and waste water treatment leading to increased water recycling, reuse and recovery contributing to more circular economy
  • Computational hydro-environmental models for predicting flow, water quality and sediment transport processes.

Water informatics (also known as ‘hydroinformatics’) is a relatively new discipline that seeks to take full advantage of the proliferation of remotely sensed information from space or ground based sensors with increasing capabilities in terms of spatial, temporal and spectral resolution. Information and knowledge gained from data allows more efficient and reliable monitoring and management of the water cycle over time at global, regional and local scales. Water informatics deals with the intersection of ‘big data’ with ‘smart technologies’, to deliver more sustainable water solutions over these diverse scales.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Water Informatics Science and Engineering (WISE)

WISE CDT Students at Avon Damn Reservoir, Dartmoor

About the Centre for Doctoral Training

Please see our website for more details: www.wisecdt.org/

Having recruited more than 60 new PhD researchers to the CDT over four years, the EPSRC funded CDT will admit its fifth cohort of PhD students in September 2018.

The first year of the studentship includes the undertaking of a two semester Postgraduate School in Water Management & Informatics, based at the University of Exeter. This programme ensures that all students receive training in water informatics and wider research methodology training, increasing students’ research skills and enhancing inter-disciplinary awareness for careers in industry or academia.

By the end of the first year, students in the CDT will have developed their research proposal in light of the training received and with support from academic advisors and industry experts.

The cohort attend an annual residential Summer School in the first two years of their programme, and have the opportunity to complete a 3 month research visit with an international academic partner or UK based industrial partner.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Water Informatics Science and Engineering (WISE)

WISE CDT Student Team Building Activity

Each year students also complete a Transferable Leaderships Skills Programme which provides enterprise-focused soft skills training, with particular emphasis on project management, knowledge exchange and public engagement.

Students within the CDT have access to guest speakers from a wide variety of associated companies, such as IBM, Wessex Water, Arup and the Environment Agency.

Application deadline:

31st August 2018

Value: 4 year studentship: Tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates for UK/EU students.
Duration of award: per year
Contact: [email protected]

How to apply

We still have a small number of studentships available for a September 2018 start. Please visit www.wisecdt.org/how-to-apply for full details regarding eligibility and to complete the online application form.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Water Informatics Science and Engineering (WISE)

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