Job offer available in Scotland PhD Research Studentship -Treatment technology for removing persistent pollutants from water resources at Glasgow Caledonian University

Expected start date:  May 2017

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD research studentship at Glasgow Caledonian University within the School of Engineering and Built Environment.  The studentship of £18,900 per year is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The studentship covers the payment of tuition fees (currently £4,100 for UK/EU students or £11,200 for international students) plus an annual stipend of £14,800 for UK/EU students or an annual scholarship of £7,700 for international students.

Project Summary

Background: The presence of emerging persistent pollutant and their potential toxicity are challenges to global water industries as there is no full scale unit process specifically designed to remove these pollutants. Thus, a number of advanced technologies including ozonation, ferrate(VI) technology and photo-catalytic oxidation have been explored to treat such pollutants. Although the original pollutants could be removed when using the advanced oxidation process, a number of by‐products will be formed. There are no systematic studies so far have been carried out to identify the type of by-products formed and whether or not the resulting by‐products have potentially higher toxicity than that from the original pollutants.

Project aims: This project thus aims to systemically investigate the performance, pathways and by‐products formation in the degradation of persistent pollutants in water by a number of advanced oxidation processes and to assess the toxicity of resulting effluent by the established techniques and procedures.

International collaboration: The project is fully collaborated with an international water company, who possesses expertise /facilities and supports matched funding to allow the project to be partially carried out at the site, this, together with the existing expertise of water technology at GCU, it is expected that the project will deliver a clear formation scheme and potential toxicity of by-products when persistent pollutants are oxidised. This should have significant impact on the strategic development and management of Scottish/UK/EU water industries.

Research Supervisors

Candidates are encouraged to contact the following researchers for further details:

Mode(s) of Study

The studentship is available as a:


Applicants will normally hold a UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent); or a Masters degree in a subject relevant to the research project. Equivalent professional qualifications and any appropriate research experience may be considered. A minimum English language level of IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0 is required. Some research disciplines may require higher levels.   

Specific requirements of the project:

Preferable considerations will be given to those who possess experience of water treatment technologies and skills of water quality analysis or similar experience.

How to Apply

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisor(s) for the project before applying.  Applicants should download and complete the GCU Research Application Form, available from: stating the Project Title and Reference Number (listed above).

The completed GCU Research Application form should be sent with copies of academic qualifications (including IELTS if required), 2 references and any other relevant documentation to:  Applicants shortlisted for a PhD studentship will be contacted for an interview.

The closing date for applications is Monday 3 April 2017