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Analysis-on-a-roll platforms for automated and high frequency remote sensing of natural geochemical fluxes


Funded PhD


3 years (full-time)

Application deadline:

Wednesday 23 January 2019

About this project

Investigate a novel approach to high-frequency measurement of chemicals in natural water systems using automated/robotic sensing that does not require any user input. This will allow in-situ water analysis in less accessible locations, e.g. cave systems, remote waterways or ocean platforms. Such systems can not only be used for pollution monitoring, but also provide data which can advance our fundamental understanding of geoscience.

The ‘analysis-on-a-paper-roll’ approach will reduce operational difficulties associated with glass or plastic devices under repeated use in remote automated systems. The work will build on our experience in developing in-situ lab-on-a-chip systems and will consider aspects of design for reliability (automatic fault detection, data integrity) and the possible impacts of in-situ sensors on the environment. 

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Applicants for all projects should have a 1st class undergraduate degree and Masters level qualification in physical, engineering or environmental sciences, or a related discipline, together with relevant research experience. A 2:1 may be considered, if combined with relevant experience.

The studentships will include full fees and maintenance (£14,777 in 2018/19) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Entry requirements

The project would be suited for a candidate with a degree in Engineering or a related discipline.