This PhD position offers an exciting opportunity to advance the development of a novel pile cloth media filter for solids removal from wastewater. As the water industry is facing growing regulatory pressures to deliver increased water quality from wastewater treatment plants, the development and implementation of effective and sustainable effluent polishing treatment steps becomes critical. In this context, the successful candidate will develop crucial understanding of filtration mechanisms in pile cloth media filters as well as study the impact of key parameters (media and operational conditions) on the performance of the system which will support further development of the technology in direct collaboration with the technology provider. The successful candidate will be based on the Cranfield campus and will use the state of the art testing facilities and laboratories for wastewater treatment and analysis offered by Cranfield University. Read more Read less

With growing awareness and concern for the quality of fresh water resources, stricter regulations are being implemented for the discharge of treated wastewater into the environment. In this context, water utilities have been looking at the implementation of novel technologies to meet the stricter consents with a particular focus on simple and sustainable tertiary treatment steps such as pile cloth media filter. However, a better understanding of the technology is still required for optimisation and wide spread implementation.

This project then aims to evaluate and optimise a pile cloth media filer for wastewater treatment in real conditions. The work will include lab scale controlled experiments to  develop a robust understanding of the underpinning science of the filtration process in the pile cloth media filter as well as pilot scale testing of the technology at Cranfield University’s wastewater treatment plant.

Such PhD project allows successful candidates to demonstrate their ability to conduct cutting edge applied research, whilst benefiting from the support of academic supervisors and industrial input from the project sponsors. Cranfield University is well known for its excellence in delivering research for the water industry and our students are a key part of this relationship, often finding careers within the industry after completing their studies at Cranfield.

The Cranfield Water Science Institute has an international reputation for its transformational research and teaching in the science, engineering and management of water in the municipal, industrial and natural environments.

At a glance

  • Application deadline06 Sep 2019
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK, EU
  • Reference numberSWEE0077

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second-class UK honours degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline, such as chemistry, chemical or process engineering, or environmental sciences. Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong communication skills, both written and oral.  Whilst candidates will be required to work to their own initiative and manage their own work programme, they should also be able to work as part of a team.

This project would suit candidates with experience of laboratory work and pilot testing.


Sponsored by Alfa Laval Ltd and the EPSRC, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £17,000 (tax free) plus (UK/EU) fees* for three years.

*We require that applicants are under no restrictions regarding how long they can stay in the UK i.e. have no visa restrictions or applicant has “settled status” and has been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for 3 years prior to start of studies and has not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals). Due to funding restrictions all EU nationals are eligible to receive a fees-only award if they do not have “settled status” in the UK. For overseas applicants the studentship will cover a maximum of £9,000 per year towards the fees.

Cranfield Doctoral Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events, alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.

How to apply

For further information please contact: Dr Marc Pidou, T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext:8328

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form stating the reference number SWEE0077.

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