STREAM EngD Studentship - A phosphorus recovery technology framework: exploring costs, benefits, and novel options for phosphorus recovery., Newcastle University

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Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, ENGLAND
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Funding and Finance
STREAM EngD Studentship - A phosphorus recovery technology framework: exploring costs, benefits, and novel options for phosphorus recovery.
  • Reference Code: CI559

Closing Date: 31st May 2012


Name of the supervisors
Academic advisors: Dr Adam Jarvis
Industrial advisor: Mark Haffey (Scottish Water)

EPSRC / Scottish Water

Duration of the award 
4 years
Project Introduction
The Skills, Technology, Research and Management for the UK Water Sector (STREAM) programme is delivered by a consortium of five universities, all of which are centres of excellence in water science and engineering, together with project sponsors from the water industry.The programme is co-ordinated by Cranfield University and includes Imperial College London and the universities of Newcastle, Sheffield and Exeter.
The STREAM programme enables talented researchers to develop their skills and careers, while obtaining an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) degree.  Further information about the STREAM EngD can be found on the Newcastle University website.

Project description
A low-cost option for effective recovery of phosphorus, in a form such that it could then be used for beneficial purposes (e.g. for use as an additive to wastewater sludge for use as agricultural fertiliser), would be an attractive proposition.  However, problems have been encountered in the use of low cost treatment materials to date, whilst more intensive approaches to P removal are of course more costly, not least as they require much greater inputs of energy. 

This research project will develop a framework for evaluating the costs and benefits of P removal options, with an emphasis on those that minimise energy input and maximise potential for recovery.  Novel, low cost options for P removal will be explored in the lab and field, including the use of hydrous ferric oxide-coated high surface area trickling filter media as a sorbent for phosphorus, which has the potential benefit of utilising waste from one treatment system (hydrous ferric oxide) as the solution to the recovery and re-use of phosphorus in another wastewater treatment stream.  Other options for use of wastes, and other low cost materials (e.g. gypsum), as treatment media will also be investigated within the overall phosphorus recovery technology framework.

The successful candidate undergoes 6 months of basic training with 14 other Eng.-D students at Cranfield University before joining Scottish Water and Newcastle University.
As a STREAM Research Engineer you will acquire advanced technical skills through masters level training, develop the transferable skills competencies and engineering leadership qualities expected of senior engineers, and undertake doctoral level research with an industrial sponsor. You can also expect to graduate from the programme with the intellectual tools and interdisciplinary training to succeed in the global water career market.

Value of the Award and Eligibility
Stipend of £19,000 per annum in year 1 and 2, rising to £20,000 per annum in year 3 and 4.  See EPSRC eligibility criteria for full fees and stipend.

Person Specification
STREAM EngD studentships are intended for the future leaders of the global water industry. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate that they are already high flyers and have the potential to exploit the opportunities to excel that a STREAM studentship provides. You are expected to have a first or upper second class Honours degree in a relevant scientific or engineering subject.

How to Apply
The University’s online postgraduate application form selecting 8811F as the programme of study, and include the studentship code, supervisor(s) name and Project Title in your application form.  Only complete mandatory fields with covering letter, CV and (if English is not your first language) a copy of your English language qualifications must be attached. The covering letter must also state the title of the studentship, quote the studentship code CI-559 and how your interests and experience relate to the project.

Closing date for applications 
4pm on 31st May 2012

Further Information
Please contact Dr Adam Jarvis on (0191) 246 4871. Email:


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