PhD Studentship, University of Glasgow

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Towards a rational design for Sustainable urban Drainage Systems (SuDS)

An exciting and interdisciplinary PhD studentship is available under the Lord Kelvin / Adam Smith Scholarship Scheme at the University of Glasgow (Departments of Civil Engineering, Chemistry and Geographical and Earth Sciences).

This project seeks to develop filtration-based SuDS using technologies designed for low-cost water filtration systems in developing countries (i.e. roughing/gravel filtration) utilising novel configurations and materials.

This will be coupled with a detailed study of the contaminant removal mechanisms in order to better characterise and enhance treatment efficiencies.

This multi-disciplinary research will provide understanding at a fundamental level that will allow us to design natural filter drains suited to water resource sustainability in both developed and developing countries.


  • The successful candidate will have a good MSc or undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering or physical science discipline (e.g. Civil/Environmental Eng./Science, Geography, Chemistry, Biology).
  • The ability to work in the laboratory/field and capacity to learn computational modelling is essential (previous experience in either of these areas is desirable).
  • The ideal candidate should be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person with good organisational and interpersonal skills to work and contribute to a dynamic and interdisciplinary research environment as well as liaise with industrial partners/stakeholders.


    The PhD studentship will provide a stipend at the rate of £13,290 per annum (likely to be reviewed annually to take into account part of the inflationary rise in maintenance costs).

    The studentship will also cover tuition fees (including overseas students).


  • Covering letter stating the motivation for undertaking this project.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Contact details of two referees.
    For more details and application, visit: PhD Studentship, University of Glasgow
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