PhD Studentship – Assessment of emerging contaminants in relation to minimisation of disinfection by products

Cranfield University

Supervisor: Dr Emma Goslan and  Prof Pete Jarvis

Duration of award: 3 years

Award type: PhD

Anticipated Start date: October 2017

Funded by Scottish Water, Cranfield University offers a studentship of up to £19,000 p.a. for 3 year plus UK/EU fees*

Scottish Water is seeking to understand the formation of disinfection by-products in their treatment works, specifically the behaviour of chlorate and organic halogens.

Disinfection by-products (DBPs) are formed when the organic matter remaining in the water after treatment reacts with the chlorine used for disinfection. The most prevalent DBPs are Trihalomethanes (THMs), which have been regulated in Scotland since 2001, and Haloacetic acids (HAAs) which are not yet regulated.

In the UK Water Companies have a duty to minimise exposure to disinfection by-products. They must be kept as low as possible without compromising the effectiveness of the disinfection process. However, it is not clear if minimising specific DBPs means that total DBPs are also being minimised. By measuring the total organic halogens it is hoped that the use of THMs as a surrogate for all DBPs can be justified. Additionally, the World Health Organisation has given new, more stringent, recommendations for chlorate in drinking water. This project will aim to understand the kinetics of chlorate in drinking water and give recommendations for best practice to minimise the chlorate ion.

The successful candidate will initially spend time at Cranfield University before being based in the vibrant city of Edinburgh at Scottish Water offices.

Entry Requirements
Applicants should have a First or Second Class UK honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Hydrology or Water Sciences. Knowledge of Analytical Chemistry with experience of Chromatography is desirable.

It would be beneficial if the successful applicant holds a driving licence but this is not essential.

*The studentships will cover the tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only and provide a bursary of up to £19,000 p.a. for 3 year.

 To be eligible for this funding, applicants must have:

  • no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK, i.e. no visa restrictions or have ‘settled status’, and
  • have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant and
  • not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

All EU nationals are eligible to receive a fees-only award if they do not have ‘settled status’ in the UK.

All non-EU nationals are very unlikely to be eligible for this funding under the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 1997.

How to apply
If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form.

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