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EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

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

EPSRC PhD Studentship: Water Management (WISE CDT)

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Water Informatics brings together four world-leading research-focused universities in a unique collaboration to create a unique postgraduate training programme in water management. The programme fosters new levels of innovation and collaboration to train cohorts of engineers and scientists in order to manage the water cycle effectively and sustainably.

Research areas include:

  • Sustainable water resources management under climate, demographic, urbanisation, regulatory and other 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.

The programme fosters new levels of innovation and collaboration to train cohorts of engineers and scientists in order to manage the water cycle effectively and sustainably.

WISE CDT Students at Avon Damn Reservoir, Dartmoor

About the Centre for Doctoral Training

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

This studentship is part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics: Science and Engineering (WISE CDT) which is a partnership between the universities of Exeter, Bath, Bristol and Cardiff. Having recruited over 40 new PhD researchers to the CDT over the past three years, the EPSRC funded CDT will admit its fourth cohort of PhD students in September 2017.

The first year of the studentship includes the undertaking of a two semester Postgraduate School in Water Management & Informatics, based on the Streatham campus of the University of Exeter. This programme ensure 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 of the programme, students in the CDT will have developed their research proposal in light of the training received through the Postgraduate School, and with support and input 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.

The programme fosters new levels of innovation and collaboration to train cohorts of engineers and scientists in order to manage the water cycle effectively and sustainably.

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, who play a pivotal role in the development of the CDT.

The University of Exeter is the fastest growing research intensive university in the UK and ranked 16th out of 134 universities in the national Research Excellence Framework (REF), taking account of our quality and the proportion of staff submitted. The newly formed Doctoral College ensures that all research students have the best experience during their programme through a vibrant research culture and community, and sector leading training and development.

How to apply

Please visit www.wisecdt.org/how-to-apply for full details regarding eligibility and to complete the online application form.

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