U.K. nationals: Academic internship: Sustainable urban Drainage (SuDS) – do we understand the potential impact of road run-off?

Environment Agency
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Job description  

The intern will work with Research experts, academics and Environment Agency business customers to review the evidence for potential impacts on groundwater from Sustainable urban Drainage Schemes (SuDS), principally on non-strategic road network sites.

The student, in discussion with Environment Agency staff, will be able to decide the focus and depth of this work from the following issues:

• Review of published and grey literature reports of groundwater impacts from SuDS
• Understanding the source term from roads – what is present in runoff, particularly newer ‘emerging’ compounds of potential concern.
• Working with local teams to assemble case studies that demonstrate evidence of potential issues with groundwater impact and also where schemes are working effectively to reduce pollution and impacts to groundwater, develop design standards for emerging and good practice.

The output is likely to be a synthesis of the science in these areas, and an outline scope for further research. This may include water quality monitoring to address contaminants of concern.

The intern will work closely with Research managers and experts and be expected to be based in Environment Agency offices at Horizon House in Bristol or Red Kite House in Wallingford.

The team  

The Air, Land and Water research team are a small group of experienced research scientists within the Environment Agency with expertise in a wide range of technical areas. Based at various locations around England we operate flexibly and deliver work that is readily accessible to our operational colleagues. We look at new issues and translate external research findings into use for the Environment Agency. Most team members have higher degrees and several years’ experience.

Experience/skills required  

Applicants might have a background in geology, chemistry, groundwater or environmental science. They will need good communication and writing skills, and the ability to critically review and synthesise scientific information for a non-expert audience.

Contact and additional information   Interviews will take place in Bristol w/c 17th June.

Please contact Danielle Ashton, Senior Specialist, Research, Analysis and Evaluation, for further information: