Job offer in england PhD Studentship – Understanding Drinking Water Quality through Enhanced Analytics at University of Sheffield

Co-sponsored by Scottish Water and EPSRC under the STREAM Industrial Doctorate Centre, this 4-year project includes a tax-free stipend of £19,000 p.a. (increasing to £20,000 p.a.) plus support for training, conferences, and related travel.

Much of the current research on smart networks focuses on event detection (leaks, bursts, contamination events) and hydraulics (flows and pressures).  However, many water quality reactions like corrosion and contaminant accumulation occur over long time scales so event detection alone cannot provide an understanding of the history and factors that contributed to the problem.  The opportunity exists to gain considerable insight into drinking water quality behaviour and influencing factors using data that is already collected if its potential can be unlocked by linking multiple datasets and using appropriate analytics. 

This project will investigate:

  • How advanced data analytics (‘Big Data’ techniques) can be successfully applied to source to tap drinking water quality data to derive new understanding of behaviours, processes, and outcomes and to support proactive decisions about interventions.
  • Which tools and techniques are most appropriate and how should they be applied.
  • Which enhancements to water quality and other data collection would be beneficial.

Applicants should have a first or second class honours degree in engineering or computer science, ideally with strong data analysis skills and an understanding of drinking water quality.  The applicant should have good communication skills for interaction with industry partners, be self-motivated, and be interested in innovation for the water industry to make a positive impact on this important public health service.

The STREAM Industrial Doctorate Centre provides an integrated research and training programme for talented graduates. EngD students are principally located with their sponsoring organisation (Scottish Water, Edinburgh area) and the technical and transferable skills training provided are ideal for students looking for a career in industry.  The student will also be part of one of the UK’s largest urban water research groups at the University of Sheffield.

This EngD is available to UK or EU applicants only.   Start date 1 October 2017.

Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date and applicants will be notified promptly. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview to take place at the University of Sheffield or via webmeeting.

This project is part of STREAM, the Industrial Doctorate Centre for the Water Sector,

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Application enquiries

Name: Dr Vanessa Speight

Phone: 0114 222 0259




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