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PhD Studentship: Impacts of Partially Vegetated Channels on Hydrodynamics and Mass Transport Processes, University of Sheffield, UK

Project summary

A fully funded 3-year PhD studentship is available to join the water engineering group at the University of Sheffield. This position will focus on the experimental quantification of hydrodynamics and mass transport processes in vegetated open channel flows.

A student undertaking this project will aim to develop a scientific methodology by which vegetation induced flow structures can be utilised to optimise mixing rates in open channels, thereby causing a rapid reduction in peak concentrations of soluble pollutants. This work has the potential to reduce the ecological impact of discharges by the rapid reduction of chronic peak pollutant concentrations and provide alternatives to costly asset investment and the energy and chemical costs of additional treatment.

The student will utilise state of the art laboratory facilities within the research group in order to quantify vegetated hydrodynamics and mixing processes via the collection of a new dataset. A range of vegetated configurations will be tested and analysed.  It is anticipated that the work will lead to improved scientific understanding of mixing processes at vegetation patch scale.

The project will be supervised by Dr James Shucksmith and Dr Andy Nichols. The candidate will be a member of the Pennine Water Group team:


Eligibility Criteria

To receive funding applicants must be eligible to work in the UK with no restrictions.

The ideal applicant for this position must have:

  • A good honours (2:1 or above) degree in engineering or another relevant physical science.
  • Relevant experience to perform mathematical and analytical tasks at a very competent level.
  • Creativity and problem solving skills.
  • Good interpersonal, presentation and management skills.
  • Effective communication and excellent IT skills.

In addition, desirable candidate criteria are:

  • Skills and experience with direct technical relevance to the proposed research project (e.g. understanding of experimental hydraulics, fluid mechanics, solute transport processes or laboratory experience).
  • Experience with relevant software tools for data analysis (e.g. MATLAB).

How to apply

Interested candidates should email a covering letter and their Curriculum Vitae to Miss Lindsay Hopcroft (l.hopcroft@sheffield.ac.uk).

For informal enquiries please contact: Dr. James Shucksmith (j.shucksmith@sheffield.ac.uk).
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