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STREAM EngD Studentship - Sustainable Wastewater Treatment using Microbial Electrolysis Cells

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Newcastle University
23 March 2012
North East England > Tyne & Wear
Course fee
not specified

Further information

STREAM EngD Studentship - Sustainable Wastewater Treatment using Microbial Electrolysis Cells

  • Reference Code: CI557

Closing Date: 30th April 2012


Name of the supervisor
Professor Tom Curtis

EPSRC and Northumbrian Water Limited

Duration of the award
4 years

Project description
This project offers a unique opportunity to work in the implementation of a novel technology into the wastewater industry which has the potential to radically change the landscape of the industry. There is an increasing need to recover energy from the wastewater treatment process; here a battery like biological system called a Microbial Electrolysis Cell (MEC) will be used to directly treat wastewater whilst generating energy in the form of hydrogen gas.
A large amount of laboratory based research has been generated in this field usually at warm temperatures with simple substrates. There is a need to demonstrate the ability of the technology at larger scales and under realistic conditions. Working with pilot scale reactors this project will aim to demonstrate the viability of this technology at a large scale as a commercial treatment method, enabling key strategic decisions within the wastewater industry to be made. 

The successful candidate undergoes 6 months of basic training with 14 other Eng-D students at Cranfield University before joining Northumbrian Water Limited 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
You must apply through the University's online postgraduate application form selecting 8811F as the programme of study.  Please ensure you include the studentship code CI-557, supervisor(s) name and Project Title in your application form.  Only mandatory fields need to be completed and a 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-557 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project.

Closing Date
4pm on Monday 30th April 2012

Further Information
For further details, please contact Prof. Tom Curtis on (0191) 222 6690
email: .


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