The student will test innovative biotechnological approaches to enhance the production of biogas from the company’s anaerobic digesters. Initial work will be conducted in the laboratory; however, promising approaches will be tested at Southern Water’s sludge treatment plants.
The student will conduct a thorough review of the current state of the art and determine how best to apply this to the conditions prevailing in Southern Water’s plants. They will also be encouraged to develop novel approaches which go beyond the current situation and test these experimentally. There is considerable scope for the student to explore their own ideas and interests.The successful student will spend the majority of their time (approximately 75%) at Southern Water’s offices in Falmer, the remaining 25% at the university’s Moulsecoomb campus in Brighton. This may vary due to the needs of the project.
The student will not only have access to laboratories and expertise at the University of Brighton, but also taught modules along with academic support and progress monitoring, via the University’s Doctoral College. We are looking for a student with an undergraduate or master’s degree in microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology or a related subject area and a keen interest in harnessing biotechnology to improve biofuel production.
The Engineering Doctorate is an exciting alternative to the traditional PhD for students who want to work with industry.
The four-year programme enables students to experience research at the cutting edge of challenge-driven innovation within the industrial sector whilst at the same time incorporating a training-needs-orientated taught component. Students will spend the majority of their time with the industrial partner in addition to becoming part of the university’s research community. The structured component of the EngD occurs predominantly in the first 12 months of the course but up to one-third may take place as required at later stages to complement the research project. The EngD provides access to a diverse and multidisciplinary range of subjects including those within biomedical and environmental sciences, engineering, business and enterprise, specialist research methods training and communication and outreach activities.