Engineering Doctorate Studentship Novel, non-intrusive microwave sensors within the UK water sector


Project Title: Novel, non-intrusive microwave sensors within the UK water sector


Closing Date: 29th November 2013

Desired Start Date: 1st January 2014

An opportunity exists for a Research Engineer to lead a joint research venture between Dynamic Flow Technologies Ltd and Loughborough University as part of the prestigious four-year Engineering Doctorate programme, leading to the award ‘Doctor of Engineering’. Dynamic Flow Technologies is a SME of seasoned professionals with electronics and microwave experience, working in the UK Water Industry with Blue Chip and Utility Sector financial backing. We are now looking for an Engineer to become the Fluid Mechanics ‘guru’ to lead the company’s next phase of growth.

At present non-intrusive flow measurement is undertaken by electromagnetic or laser Doppler measurements. These methods require either full pipes or clear fluid as wastewater flows are often measured as open channel levels by ultrasound or less reliably pressure transducers.  Open channel or permanently full pipes are not practical in most gravity sewers and the subsequent lack of available measurements makes it difficult to accurately control and bill usage in complex water management networks.

Research Aim

To research the fundamental interactions of new meter microwaves within water and waste water to develop and validate a new meter for quantitative and qualitative water analysis.


Research Objectives

Understand the effectiveness and range of potential applications of microwaves for water analysis:

Measure reflectance performance with different pipe diameters and materials (plastics).

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Predict the impact of solids deposition or corrosion (wetted perimeter) and surges on microwave signals.

Understand the effect of pipe features; connections and geometry (bends, junctions) on microwave signals.

Investigate the sensitivity of microwave signals on persistent problem compounds such as the plasticizers, pesticides and pharmaceutics in clean water.

Expected Outcomes

More reliable sensors and meters that allow better control of complex pipe distribution systems.

Improvements in environmental quality, resilience to climate change, system deterioration and charging for services.

A range of commercially valuable analytical tools to improving the cost effectiveness of monitoring and control of complex process systems.

Suitable Candidates

This EngD research project is open to graduates with a relevant degree in the built environment, water management, construction management, architecture or mechanical engineering, and that are articulate, well qualified and highly motivated. The minimum entry qualification is a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent. A lower qualification is acceptable only if supplemented with an appropriate postgraduate (MSc/MEng) qualification and relevant industrial experience.


The successful applicant will receive an enhanced tax-free stipend of between £19,000 to £26,000 p.a. (equivalent to £24k to £34k gross, assuming standard UK Tax is applied) along with a training allowance. Due to Tier 4 visa restrictions on industry placements, this is only available to UK/EU applicants.

How to Apply

Applications will only be accepted with the relevant supporting documents (see how to apply) and should be made through Loughborough University’s Online Application Portal

The successful candidate will be required to work at dynamic flow technologies in loughborough innovation centre whilst also attending loughborough university as required.

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For informal discussions about the research project please contact Prof Andrew Wheatley at

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