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Funded PhD Research Opportunity

Research Studentship in Wastewater
Heat Recovery Systems

The Dept of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin invites applications for a research position leading to a PhD, part funded under the ERDF INTERREG Ireland-Wales programme 2014-2020. The Department is collaborating with the Trinity Business School and Bangor University Wales in this research.

The project is entitled Distributing our Water Resources: Utilising Integrated, Smart & low-Carbon Energy (Dr Uisce). The aim of the Dr Uisce project is to improve the long-term sustainability of water supply, treatment and end-use in Ireland and Wales through:

  • The development of a number of new innovative technology platforms
  • Undertaking economic and environmental impact assessments
  • Developing policy and best practice guidelines to facilitate the implementation of integrated low-carbon and smart energy solutions for the water sector.

The project is also focused on the development of a cross-border smart specialisation cluster on the challenge of water and energy in the region.

As part of Dwr Uisce, this PhD research project will comprise the development and assessment of energy recovery for the water industry, using waste water heat recovery technology. The successful candidate will:

  • Carry out background research in the fields of heat recovery, waste-water treatment & collection
  • Develop and assess prototypes of waste heat recovery systems for water network applications
  • Design, implement and oversee the full-scale demonstration in a real water network settings
  • Investigate the organisational and policy enablers and barriers to innovation in the water sector

Applicants with good honours degrees in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline will be considered. Candidates are asked to send a cover letter, CV and the names of two referees, at least one of whom should be an academic, to the address below. Funding for this position comprises 20,000 per annum for a period of 4 years. Closing date for applications is 1st January 2017. Position commencing 1st April 2017. Informal enquiries to

Dr Aonghus McNabola
Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
Trinity College
Dublin 2
Telephone +353-1-8963837

posted: 11 December 2015     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.