PhD Studentship In Dynamic pressure and zone control for optimal management of water supply systems

July, 2013

Urban water systems face significant challenges in providing safe and reliable water supply due to increasing demand, ageing infrastructure and climate change. NEC Central Research Labs (Japan) and the Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Computing welcome applications to their collaborative research programme in the Smart Water Systems Lab ( The research programme will focus on enhancing existing and developing breakthrough technologies to optimally manage the UK’s aging water supply infrastructure.

The InfraSense Labs led by Dr Ivan Stoianov (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) in partnership with the Computing, Adaptive Embedded Sensing Engineering (AESE) group, led by Dr Julie McCann (Department of Computing), are currently recruiting for two Research Associates (post-doctoral) and a PhD student.

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to further advance and validate numerical models for the analysis of the dynamic hydraulic conditions in distribution networks with complex topologies. The underpinning technology to support this work is based on the integration of novel valve control and energy harvesting solutions with a set of novel technologies for high-speed sensing, communication, stream processing and analysis of large volumes of data developed by the InfraSense Labs. The project will aim to develop and evaluate near real-time control loops for the dynamic pressure and zone control in water distribution systems. The student will take part in an extensive field experimental programme.

Due to funding restrictions funding is available for UK and EU fee status applicants. The studentship offers a stipend of approximately £19,000 per annum (tax free) and covers fees at the UK/EU student rate.

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Applicants for the studentship should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent, in a relevant aspect of Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computing, or other strongly quantitative discipline. Good computing skills are required. A Master’s degree in a relevant subject would be advantageous but is not essential.

Applications will be assessed as received and all applicants should follow the standard College postgraduate admissions process , please click the Apply button below,

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Ms Angela Frederick by email to: or phone on +44 (0)207 594 6123.

Informal enquiries and request for additional information for this post can be made to Dr Ivan Stoianov (

Deadline – Review of applications is now in progress and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus
London , SW7 2AZ

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