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PhD Studentship: Taking Old Drinking Water Treatment Processes into the 21st Century

Cranfield University - EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Infrastructure and Resilience (WIRe)

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cranfield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £19,000 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 21st February 2020
Closes: 1st May 2020
Reference: SWEE0099

Eligibility UK & EU only

Duration: 4 years

Supervisors 1st: Prof Peter Jarvis 2nd: Prof Bruce Jefferson          


Sponsored by EPSRC, Thames Water and Anglian Water, this studentship will provide a bursary of £19,000 per annum (tax free) plus fees* for four years.             

This exciting fully funded PhD, with an enhanced stipend of £19,000 per annum and working in collaboration with Thames Water and Anglian 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 . 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.

It is important that we have robust and resilient processes to remove micropollutants from drinking water to ensure that consumers are continually provided with safe and wholesome water. However, the infrastructure used to treat drinking water is ageing, water quality regulations are getting tighter, populations are growing, and climate change may influence our water resources. In addition, the appetite for customers and government to fund a massive change in our infrastructure seems low. In the case of micropollutants, we have relied on ozone and adsorption processes to oxidise and remove a range of water contaminants. However, these processes are often more than 20 years old and are reaching the end of their design lifespan. Important research is therefore needed to understand how these processes can be future-proofed to meet future challenges.

  1. What is the potential to adapt existing drinking water treatment processes used for micropollutant removal to make them more resilient to future treatment challenges?
  2. What is the flowsheet of the future that best delivers effective water quality?

Accordingly, key scientific discoveries are anticipated in relation to our understanding of new oxidation and adsorption systems for micropllutant removal and how these can be translated into real operational systems.

Through an optioneering process and experimental investigations at laboratory and pilot scale you will identify the opportunities (and limitations) of implementing these processes into water treatment systems.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper 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 water treatment.


*To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK national.

How to apply

For further information please contact:
Professor Peter Jarvis
(0) 1234 750111 Ext: 8318

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

For information about applications please contact: SWEE0098

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