STREAM IDC EngD Research Engineer Studentship in Chlorine Residual Modelling

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 26th July 2013

Interview Date: Expected to be Thursday 1st August 2013

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 the Universities of Sheffield, Newcastle, and Exeter and Imperial College London, 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 Scottish Water and the Pennine Water Group at the University of Sheffield. The aim of the project is to improve understanding, modelling and practice relating to chlorine within water distribution networks.

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This work will deliver Scottish Water a better understanding and model of what controls chlorine demand in their water distribution networks – this will subsequently allow prediction of demand through network profiles and also to identify/quantify what impact different interventions can have. 

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate strong mathematical and analytical based skills as well as a practical and pragmatic mind set. An appreciation of the water industry would be considered advantageous.

This project will run in in coordination with a sister project run at Cranfield University, exploring chlorine dosing at water treatment works. These two collaborative research projects are intended to deliver an integrated picture on the management and impact of Chlorine from treatment works to customer tap.

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 Prof Joby Boxall, Chair of Water Infrastructure Engineering and co-leader of the Pennine Water Group at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with partners from Scottish Water. The post will be based within water company premises but the candidate will also be a member of the Pennine Water Group team:

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
  • · Good interpersonal, presentation and management skills
  • · Effective communication and IT skills
  • · An ability to travel between the partner institutions

How to apply

Interested candidates should email a covering letter and their Curriculum Vitae to Caroline Brookfield (, via the ‘Apply’ button below.

For information and informal enquiries please contact: Prof. Joby Boxall (

The closing date for applications is Friday 26th July 2013.

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