PhD Opportunity

University of Southampton PhD Opportunity:
Transport of toxic metals in clay mineral barriers-Influences of mobile sorbent
nanoparticles

A PhD studentship is available for training and research as part of an EPSRC-funded
project to study the role of colloids/mobile sorbent nanoparticles (MSNs) in metal
transport.
The studentship will concentrate on the development of reaction transport models that
describe the transport of colloids/MSNs in aquifers and their role in metal transport. The
student will receive training in the operation and development of reaction-transport
models and will work as part of a team with extensive experience of applying these
models to real-world problems. This position would suit someone from an engineering,
hydrology or earth science background with an aptitude for numerical modelling and
code development.
The project is a joint initiative between two world-class research centres at the University
of Southampton: the School of Civil Engineering and Environment (SCEE) and the
School of Ocean and Earth Science (SOES).
The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise placed Southampton in an elite top group in the
Civil Engineering Unit of Assessment, coming second in the UK on a ‘Medals Table’
basis. Our Grade Point Average was equivalent to the top 5* rating in the 2001 RAE.
SCEE is internationally recognised for our focus on and implementation of challenging,
innovative, industry-relevant cutting-edge research.
SOES is part of The National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS), and has
been ranked in the top ten of the world’s research institutions in geoscience. Our ranking
for research in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise puts us among the top
institutions in the UK in Earth and Environmental Sciences, with 70% of our research
classed as world-leading and internationally excellent.
Both Schools are very successful in attracting substantial funding from industry, UK
Research Councils, government organisations as well as the EU. Due to their diverse
natures, the Schools are able to offer a multi-disciplinary approach to all their research
activities as well as their interactions with industry.

E-mail applications should be sent to Prof William Powrie (wp [at] soton [dot] ac [dot] uk) or Prof
Martin Palmer (pmrp [at] noc [dot] soton [dot] ac [dot] uk), from whom further details are also available.

Applications should include:
1. Covering letter stating the motivation for undertaking the studentship;
2. Curriculum Vitae with grades obtained for previous degrees; and
3. Contact details of two referees.