Funded PhD, Virus Research In Surface and Ground water

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Last date to apply: July 17, 2024

Project title- ViruISGE: Virus Research In Surface- and Ground watEr, focuses on optimizing chlorine contact tanks for effective virus removal in drinking water. The research will employ high-volume sampling and genomic techniques to assess viral presence and improve treatment processes.

The proposed PhD project, “ViruISGE: Virus Research In Surface- and Ground watEr,” falls within the field of water and wastewater treatment, focusing on the significant public health risks posed by viruses in drinking water sources. As water quality issues and viral outbreaks become more prevalent due to environmental changes and urbanization, this research is highly relevant. Ensuring safe drinking water through effective virus removal is critical to public health, aligning with stringent EU regulations and addressing the challenges posed by climate change.

The project aims to optimize chlorine contact tanks to improve virus removal in drinking water treatment processes. This will be achieved through high-volume virus monitoring, evaluating operational parameters, and understanding the impact of water chemistry on virus disinfection efficacy. The research will provide a comprehensive assessment of current disinfection practices, particularly in collaboration with UK water utilities, and propose strategies for mitigating viral risks to enhance the safety and reliability of drinking water.

Cranfield University, known for its excellence in water science and engineering, will host this PhD project in collaboration with the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Infrastructure and Resilience II (WIRe II). This initiative, supported by leading industrial partners, aims to produce innovative solutions to contemporary water resilience challenges. The academic supervisors, Dr. Francis Hassard and Dr. Peter Jarvis, bring extensive expertise in water treatment and virology, ensuring a robust research environment.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum equivalent to a UK upper second class degree (2.1) and preferably an MSc in a relevant subject such as Environmental Engineering, Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Science, Virology or related biological discipline or Chemical Engineering. It’s desirable for candidates to hold a driving licence (incl. an international licence) as the role involves some field sampling around the UK.

Sponsored by EPSRC, the Water Research Centre (WRc), and UK water utilities, this studentship will provide a bursary of £24,000 per year with fees paid. All training and placement (overseas/industry) costs will also be covered, subject to supervisor approval. The studentship is open to UK and international students (including EU countries) however due to funding rules, no more than 30% of the projects in this cohort can be allocated to international students

1st Supervisor: Dr Francis Hassard 
2nd Supervisor: Professor Peter Jarvis

At a Glance
Application deadline: 17 Jul 2024
Award type: PhD
Start date: 30 Sep 2024
Duration of award: 4 years
Nationality: UK, Rest of world
Reference number: SWEE0262

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