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NERC Funded PhD Studentship in Environmental Engineering (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R1144
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 3.5 years
Funding Amount: The full award will cover fees at the Home/EU rate and a stipend at Research Councils UK (RCUK) announced levels (currently £13,726 pa)
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

Key Studentship Information

Project Title: Modelling the Impacts of Mitigation Measures on Fish Habitat in Riverine Systems

At Cardiff, the student will collect detailed empirical data on the hydraulic conditions of a flume under different flow conditions with various habitat modifications to assess how this affects the swimming performance of demersal and benthic fish.

In collaboration with Bath, the student will develop a habitat modelling approach whereby a generic open source 3-D Computational Fluids Dynamic code (e.g. FLUENT, Pheonics, OpenFOAM, TELEMAC) is linked to a programming and post-processing software environment, such as MATLAB, in which new habitat suitability rules are implemented based on the empirical data and existing ecological models.

This studentship will help bridge the knowledge gap for environmental and engineering consultants who need both biological and engineering expertise. Furthermore the student will be trained to use a generic 3-D CFD code and gain programming experience in a MATLAB environment. These skills will be portable to industry including civil, mechanical and manufacturing engineering sectors, as well as environmental consultancy.

Supervisors: Dr C Wilson, Dr J Cable (BIOSI), Dr J Zhang (Dept. Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath), Mr R Grosfils (ARUP)

Number of Studentships Available: 1

Start Date: 1 October 2014

Duration: 3.5 years full time


This studentship is generously funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)/GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership. The full award will cover fees at the Home/EU rate and a stipend at Research Councils UK (RCUK) announced levels (currently £13,726 p.a).

Deadline for Applications: 10 January 2014


Academic Criteria: Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a 2.1 degree or higher. If you have a 2.2 degree, but have also obtained a masters qualification, you are also eligible. If you do not have these qualifications but you have substantial relevant post-graduate experience please contact the department holding the studentship to find out if your relevant experience is sufficient.

Residency Criteria: These studentships will be funded by NERC and are available to UK nationals and other EU nationals that have resided in the UK for three years prior to commencing the studentship. If you meet this criteria, funding will be provided for tuition fees and stipend. If you are a citizen of a EU member state you will eligible for a fees-only award.

How to Apply

In the first instance interested applicants are invited to send a CV and covering email/letter to

Please ensure that you quote the studentship reference CW-NERC-2013 in the email subject field.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit an online application form.

Further Information

Enquiries should be directed to Dr. C Wilson via email:

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