PhD Studentship: Wastewater Integrated Selection Environment (WISE): A UK Model Comprising Regulation, Resilience and Sustainability

Cranfield University
Cranfield, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Start date:  07/06/2021 

Fee status of eligible applicants: Any Fee Status (Uk/EU & RoW) 

Duration of Award if full time preferred*:  4 years

Supervisors- 1st Dr Pablo Campo-Moreno    2nd Prof. Bruce Jefferson 

Sponsored by EPSRC, Atkins and Cranfield University, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £18,000 plus fees for four years.            

  1. Fully-funded studentship - Opportunities which are fully funded (e.g. covers all fees and stipend)

WISE combines treatment technologies, removal mechanisms, and environmental regulations in a tool to inform the design and operation of UK wastewater works to treat micropollutants in an economic, environmental and resilient way.

In the last 10 years, the UK water industry has made a significant effort to understand the sources and prevalence of micropollutants is sewage as well as their fate through existing and novel treatment processes. After this effort, the water industry requires strategies to improve the quality of final effluents in current and future treatment works in light new restrictive environmental regulations promoting the sustainable and resilient management of wastewater works. 

This project focuses on the development of decision tools combining innovative technologies, removal mechanisms, and options appraisal processes to minimise the impact of micropollutants in discharges.  The corresponding objectives to achieve this goal are the following:

  1. To develop treatment strategies based on the technologies that are readily deployable or are at advanced technology readiness level to determine the horizons for technologies to become available. 
  2. To establish a  selection metrics for treatment processes:  To include but not limited to constructability, operational risk, carbon and other environmental criteria, operation, solids-sludge generation, energy balances, alignment with existing technologies, regulatory performance, and ToTex.
  3. To compare performance requirements (UK Scale) and Performance Capabilities:  The strands of work will be drawn together into a UK model that captures the emerging threats, technologies, evidence from the mechanisms and CIP programme to enhance the Atkins economic modelling. This will provide the regulatory, policy,  and water industry investment assessments.

This PhD is sponsored by EPSRC, Atkins and Cranfield University. 

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in Chemistry or a related discipline. This project would suit candidates with knowledge in analytical or environmental chemistry with the ability to adapt and develop analytical methods for the detection of micropollutants in different matrices (e.g. water and solids) by mass spectrometry or related techniques. Good knowledge of micropollutant fate and transport mechanisms of micropollutants in the environment is also desirable.

For further information please contact:      
Name:             Dr Pablo Campo-Moreno

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