Reference Code: CI624
Closing Date: 31st October 2013
Name of supervisors
Dr Russell Davenport,Â School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Dr Wojciech Mrozik,Â School of Civil Engineering and GeosciencesÂ Â
Professor Tom Curtis,Â School of Civil Engineering and GeosciencesÂ
Duration of the awardÂ
This project aims to enrich, identify and investigate the ecology of bacteria that can degrade steroidal estrogens in the aqueous environment. This will be achieved using a combination of conventional enrichment and culture techniques with molecular techniques that includes next generation sequencing. The fate and enhanced removal of estrogens is a critical contemporary challenge in which biology plays an important role. These chemicals are pervasive at very low concentrations in the aqueous environment and can have pronounced biological effects, e.g. feminisation and collapse of fish populations; prompting regulators to devise strategies and laws to reduce estrogens in the environment.
Value of the award and eligibility
This award is available to candidates who meet theÂ EPSRC’s eligibility criteria. A full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of Â£13,726 (2013-14).
Candidates must have a good class honours first degree in Engineering or Science, especially those that include a strong element of Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering and/or Biotechnology. The candidate should be comfortable in designing, building and conducting simple reactor experiments. They should have some laboratory experience and be familiar with wet chemistry and microbiological analyses. The candidate should have some knowledge of the various physical, chemical and biological processes used in wastewater treatment. In addition, the candidate is required to have a good level of numeracy and ability for data handling and analysis, including statistics. The candidate must be able to confidently work independently and show initiative, but also be able to work well with others. Most of all, the candidate should have an interest and ambition to perform fundamental science that informs engineering decisions.
How to apply
You must apply through the Universityâs onlineÂ postgraduate application formÂ selecting âPhD school of Civil Engineering and Geosciences – Environmental Scienceâ as the programme of study. Once you have selected the programme, please insert the studentship/partnership reference numberÂ CI624. Only mandatory fields need to be completed, plus a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the reference numberÂ CI624Â and state how your interests and experience relate to the project.
Please also send your covering letter and CV to Dr Russell Davenport at:Â [email protected].
To apply for this role, please click the ‘Apply’ button below.
For further information, please contact: Dr Russell Davenport
E-mail:Â [email protected]