STREAM IDC EngD Research Engineer Studentship Fundamentals of Leak Detection in Water Distribution Systems

The STREAM Industrial Doctorate Centre in collaboration with Northumbrian Water Ltd offers fully funded scholarships to qualified students.

Stipend: This post will fully cover university tuition and provide a tax-free stipend over a four-year duration for UK students of £19,000 for the first two years, rising to £20,000 for the final two years

Closing Date for Applications: Friday 10th May 2013

Interview Date: To Be Confirmed

Interview Venue: To Be Confirmed


Start Date: 1st October 2013 (contract duration 4 years)


The STREAM Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) programme is delivered by five of the major academic centres of excellence in water science and engineering in the UK. Coordinated by Cranfield University and including Imperial College London and the universities of Sheffield, Newcastle, and Exeter, the programme enables talented researchers to develop their skills and careers, while obtaining an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) degree. An EngD is a four year research degree awarded for industrially relevant research. The degree provides a more vocationally oriented approach to obtaining a doctorate in engineering commensurate with that of a PhD. The first 10 weeks of the EngD is a taught programme of modules held at Cranfield University, after which the Research Engineer will concentrate on the programme of research. For further information, visit the STREAM web site at:

The research programme to be completed in this project is a collaboration between Northumbrian Water and the Pennine Water Group at the University of Sheffield. The aim of the project is to look into the fundamentals of leak detection. It is currently known that a leak in a pipe can produce a series of effects, either on the environment, or on some properties of the pipe or the fluid flows and pressures within it and the network around it.

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This project will examine in depth what effects a leak in a pipe will produce internally, externally and operationally. This will then lead to research into how well current techniques can be made to work and examine whether  there are methods that are either in development or not yet conceived that rely on these effects to find leaks. The methods will then also be experimentally examined both in the lab and in the field.

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate strong mathematical and analytical based skills. An appreciation of the water industry would also be considered advantageous.

For further information on the project please visit the Opportunities €™page of the Pennine Water Group web site:

The project EngD will be supervised by Professors Stephen Beck and Joby Boxall, members of the Pennine Water Group at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with partners from Northumbrian Water. The post will be based within water company premises but the candidate will also be a member of the Pennine Water Group team and may be required to work at Sheffield University for extended periods:


Eligibility Criteria


Normal EPSRC funding eligibility applies to this award, so students must have a relevant connection with the UK (usually established by residence).


The ideal applicant for this position must have;


    • A good honours degree in Engineering or Physical Science
    • Relevant experience to perform mathematical and analytical tasks at a competent level
    • Some experimental experience
    • Good interpersonal, presentation and management skills
    • Effective communication and IT skills
    • An ability to travel between the partner institutions
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How to apply

For information and informal enquiries please contact: Prof Stephen Beck


The closing date for applications is Friday 10th May 2013.


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