U.K. nationals: WATERAGRI PhD Studentship in Water Engineering via FindAPhD

University of Salford

Manchester, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

About the Project

Supervisors: Dr Yu (Wayne) Wang, Lecturer in Civil Engineering, and Prof. Miklas Scholz, Professor and Chair in Civil Engineering


This is a unique and cutting-edge PhD research opportunity in the multi-disciplinary field of water engineering. You would undertake your PhD studies within the research project “WATER retention and nutrient recycling in soils and streams for improved AGRIcultural production (WATERAGRI)”, which is coordinated by Prof. Miklas Scholz.

The University of Salford-relevant contribution to the project comprises mainly research on (a) the novel physico-chemical Water-Vapour Sorption Isotherm and Water Retention Characteristics (WVSI-WRC) model; (b) the further development of the novel Dewaterability Estimation Test (DET) apparatus; and (c) a combination of (a) and (b) in terms of modelling capillary water front movement processes.

Requirements for candidates

As part of a wider local and international team, you will apply your laboratory, analytical, modelling and writing skills to develop the WVSI-WRC and DET innovations further. Ideally, you have a strong water engineering background with interest in laboratory and fieldwork as well as a portfolio in numerical modelling. An appreciation of soil and computer science would be an advantage.

Ideally, you also have:
• A good first class degree (or international equivalent) and a Master degree in Civil Engineering (water and environment subjects), Chemical Environmental Engineering, Applied Mathematics or similar
• Relevant background and/or experience in process modelling, unsaturated soil physical property testing and characterization, and finite element analysis for diffusion-convection challenges.
• Good knowledge and skills in Matlab and image processing.
The Studentship:

The studentship is funded by both EU and the University of Salford, which is open to the UK applicants only. The studentship is for 3 years (36 months), which covers the tuition fee and a living stipend of £15,285.00/year. The successful applicant will register as a full time student at the University of Salford.

Additional notes

Further information on WATERAGRI is available via http://wateragri.eu/
For a journal paper on the DET innovation, follow this link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09593330.2019.1575916

How to apply

Submit a formal application at this link: http://webapps.ascentone.com/Login.aspx?key=5d4b012a-bb6c-495b-b2e4-b5a56b3ccf00
You will need to have the following documents ready to upload to the application site:
• A research proposal (approx. 2000 words) – https://www.salford.ac.uk/data/assets/pdf_file/0003/631686/Writing-a-Research-Proposal-Guidance.pdf
• Scanned copy of your passport picture page
• Copies of all your relevant certificates and transcripts
• Two references
• CV
• Personal statement

Further information about studying for a postgraduate research degree at the University of Salford, can be found here: https://beta.salford.ac.uk/postgraduate-research

Who to contact for further details: Dr Wayne Wang () for modelling and Prof. Miklas Scholz () for dewaterability testing questions.

Deadline: Monday 3rd August 2020.

Funding Notes

This PhD studentship is fully funded by the EU H2020 WATERAGRI research project and The University of Salford.