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Modelling and Monitoring Natural Flood Management Programmes

Applications are invited for ONE full time PhD studentship funded by the Environment Agency (Thames21) within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences.  The studentship is for a period of 3 years (36 months) effective 1st May 2019 or earlier/later by agreement.  The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend starting at £17,000 (increasing by £1,000 in years 2 and 3) plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees.

The successful candidate will work with project partners to develop a flood risk model, analyse and model range of potential Natural Flood Management techniques to the catchment areas. For each catchment area you will model potential interventions, evaluate which interventions are likely to deliver the best results and monitor the impacts of the interventions once they’ve been installed. The study will entail the evaluation of various potential monitoring arrangements for the purpose of identifying the most viable NFM technique for each situation and will include an impact analysis of various NFM methods on the risk of flooding. 

Please contact Dr Evina Katsou at evina.katsou@brunel.ac.uk for an informal discussion about the studentship.


Applicants will have or expect to receive a first degree at 2:1 or above in Mechanical/Civil/Environmental Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or similar engineering related discipline.  A Masters degree is an advantage but not essential.   Applicants must be eligible for home/UK or EU tuition fees.

How to apply

Please email your application comprising all of the documents listed below by 31st March 2019 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk:

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A one A4 page personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e.: your skills and experience);
  • Your degree transcripts and/or certificates;
  • Evidence of English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, with 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
  • Name and contact details for two academic referees.

Interviews will take place by arrangement.