STREAM IDC EngD Research Engineer Studentship: Real-Time Abstraction Management

In collaboration with Severn Trent Water

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:  Severn Trent Water Offices, Coventry

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 Severn Trent Water and the Pennine Water Group at the University of Sheffield. The aim of the project is to enable Severn Trent Water to optimise their river abstraction operations such that

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  1. the potential of water resources within river catchments are fully utilised
  2. the impacts on the river environment are minimised
  3. the company can fully prepare for likely impacts of climate change and population growth

This will involve the development and testing of hardware and software which will determine river and asset conditions in real time and run modelling tools to optimise water company abstraction operations.

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate strong mathematical and analytical based skills. An appreciation of the water industry and/or surface water management practice 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 will be supervised by Dr James Shucksmith alongside other members of academic staff within the Pennine Water Group at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with partners from Severn Trent 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). See for further details.

The ideal applicant for this position must have;

  • A good honours (2:1 or above) 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

In addition, desirable candidate criteria are;

  • An understanding of water sector
  • Skills and experience with direct technical relevance to the proposed research project (e.g. river modelling, catchment management, remote data capture analysis).

How to apply

Interested candidates should email a covering letter and their Curriculum Vitae to Miss Lindsay Hopcroft, via the ‘Apply’ button below.

For information and informal enquiries please contact: Dr James Shucksmith (

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

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