EU Horizon 2020 funded PhD Studentship

Buckinghamshire New University

Applications are invited for a three year Horizon 2020 funded PhD studentship commencing January 2017.

Buckinghamshire New University is delighted to offer a full-time PhD studentship in socially responsible product design as part of its work on the EU Horizon 2020 programme funded WATERSPOUTT project. Working with designers, engineers, health and social scientists you will be supported to design, develop, manufacture and test a series of socially accepted and locally adapted solar water purification technologies in four Sub-Saharan African communities. Your work will build on an integrated understanding and a detailed analysis of the social, political and economic context of water use, wants, needs and vulnerability in these communities. Building on a series of accepted and proven solar water disinfection technologies, and detailed studies of the communities and the end users of the systems, your work will also contribute to the development of educational and training materials to help to ensure that this point of use water treatment is widely adopted in these areas. As part of this work there will be a requirement for fieldwork, site visits and overseas travel which will be funded by the project. A product design background is essential with experience of working in the field on health and social science projects highly desirable but not a prerequisite. A strong knowledge of materials and mass manufacturing methods, especially in polymers, and good 3D CAD and manual prototyping skills are essential. Opportunities to gain paid teaching may be available for suitable candidates.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688928. Successful completion of this programme of study will lead to a postgraduate research degree awarded by Staffordshire University who currently validate Bucks New University PhDs.

Applicants should normally have an undergraduate degree (2:1 or above, or equivalent) and have successfully completed a master’s degree in product design or a closely related discipline. Progression on an annual basis is subject to satisfactory progress.

For further information about the project, please contact the supervisors: Dr Lyndon Buck (Design); Dr George Clerk (Health & Social Science). For general enquiries, please contact the Research & Enterprise Development Unit (

All applications are to be made on-line. The University operates an anonymized shortlisting process and therefore you are unable to upload a CV or any supporting documents. Please ensure the application form is filled out in full.

Closing Date: 30th October 2016
Interview date: 17 November 2016

Please note that if you do not have permission to work in the UK, Bucks New University will not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to take up this position. All non EU/EAA candidates must have valid immigration status and/or a UK visa valid for the duration of the contract in order to be considered for this appointment.

Bucks New University is committed to Equality and Diversity and is a two ticks Employer.

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