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The Future of Intelligent Stormwater Management. EMPS College Home fees Studentship, PhD in Engineering. Ref: 4336

About the award

Supervisors

Lead Supervisor:

Dr Peter Melville-Shreeve, Department of Engineering, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

Co-supervisor:

Prof Raziyeh Farmani, Department of Engineering, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

Location:

Department of Engineering, Streatham Campus, Devon, University of Exeter

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences  is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The studentship will cover Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,609 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. 

This College studentship is open to UK and Irish nationals, who if successful in their application will receive a full studentship including payment of university tuition fees at the home fees rate.

Project Description:

Do you want to do research on intelligent stormwater management systems in an interdisciplinary perspective? University of Exeter is seeking one PhD student focusing on analysis of sustainable stormwater solutions that integrate industry 4.0 technologies.

You will undertake this work with supervisors from The Centre for Water Systems and the Engineering Entrepreneurship group.

This interdisciplinary research project aims to investigate different scenarios for sustainable stormwater management that might be explored through existing living laboratory projects. You will deploy your critical thinking skills to identify; test; analyse and evaluate novel technologies, and work to develop one or more method / product that fills gaps in the current ecosystem.

Your project supervisors will introduce you to innovators and engineers within water companies, local authorities and product development houses. You will focus your skills (e.g. hardware, software, product design) to assess existing solutions and work to set out new methodologies and approaches that can support a shift towards intelligent stormwater networks. The project will begin with desktop evaluations (year one), progress through the technology readiness levels via laboratory work (year two); living laboratory trials (year three) and set out a commercial proposition around a novel method you develop throughout the programme. Engagement and mentorship from entrepreneurs in residence; business and product development experts; and industry mentors will be provided that supports your chosen project pathway.

Entry requirements

This studentship is open to UK and Irish nationals, who if successful in their application will receive a full studentship including payment of university tuition fees at the home fees rate.

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology. 

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. 

Alternative tests may be acceptable (see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/).

How to apply

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents.  Please note our preferred format is PDF, each file named with your surname and the name of the document, eg. “Smith – CV.pdf”, “Smith – Cover Letter.pdf”, “Smith – Transcript.pdf”.

• CV
• Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior project work experience and reasons for
  wishing to undertake the project).
• Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an
   interim transcript if you are still studying)
• Two references from referees familiar with your academic work. If your referees prefer, they can email
   the reference direct to pgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk quoting the studentship reference number.
• If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English.  Please see the entry requirements information above.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 24th January 2022.  Interviews will be held online on the week commencing 7th February 2022.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email pgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk.

Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor at pm391@exeter.ac.uk

Summary

Application deadline:24th January 2022
Value:Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,609 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study.
Duration of award:per year
Contact: PGR Admissions Office pgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk