Master Studentship on Sensor Development for Optimisation of Anaerobic Digesters, Cranfield University [UK]

Master Studentship on Sensor Development for Optimisation of Anaerobic Digesters, Cranfield University, UK

Supported by the Yorkshire Water, a studentship of up to £17,000 p.a. for 1 year plus fee is available.
Anaerobic digestion is one of the most exciting areas in the wastewater business due to recent initiatives on renewable energy production and concerns on reduction of carbon emissions and impact on climate change.

Yorkshire Water, winner of the Big Tick Award of Excellence from Business in the Community in ‘Climate Change’ for activities to drive energy efficiency and increase renewable generation for 2008, together with Cranfield University are currently looking for a suitable candidate to develop a sensor to monitor and optimise anaerobic digesters. The suitable applicant will develop a sensor for measurement of volatile fatty acids in mesophilic anaerobic digesters and assess its application for detecting early signs of process imbalance at full-scale wastewater treatment works at Yorkshire Water.

The MSc project will be developed with academics at Cranfield University but the successful candidate will spend most of the time at Yorkshire Water, who will be sponsoring the programme. In return the applicant will be offered an excellent working environment, travel opportunities and a competitive bursary.

Start Date: ASAP

Technical Schools Research Students Training Programme
The successful candidate will attend Cranfield University’s ‘Technical Schools Research Students Training Programme’ which is designed to equip students with research skills required during their research studies and in their future careers. This programme consists of a series of ‘one-day events’, coupled with smaller interactive group sessions. Details can be found at:

For further details please contact Alison Whaley at a.whaley[ at ], Academic Co-ordinator, T: +44 (0) 1234 750111 x2570

Entry Requirements
Applicants should have a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent or MSc in a related subject such as science or engineering. The applicant will need to have knowledge on wastewater treatment processes and working experience on laboratory analysis or wastewater plant operation. A self-starting individual who is organised and enthusiastic with good communication and problem solving skills.

Supported by Yorkshire Water, this studentship will cover the tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only. Applicants are also eligible for a bursary of up to £17,000p.a. dependent upon qualifications and experience

How to apply
If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the Application Form or you can request that we post one to you. Alternatively you may wish to apply online here.

For further information contact us today:

School of Applied Sciences
T: +44 (0)1234 754086
E: appliedsciences[ at ]

Please note that we are unable to consider submissions for specific research studentships that fall outside of the stated eligibility criteria.

Official announcement can be obtained from this page.

Application deadline: 31 May 2009
Supervisor: Dr Ana Soares and Dr Elise Cartmell
Duration of award: 1 year
Award type: MSc by Research

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