Research Scientist/Engineer

Type: Student Placement
Salary: £18,500pa pro-rata (53 weeks)
Working with: Water Treatment Team or Reuse Team
No. of Vacancies: 2

Location: London (Reuse Team) – Feltham, Middlesex (Water Treatment)
Start Date: Reuse Team: 17th July 2017 – Water Treatment Team: 25th July 2017
Closing Date of Applications: Closed
Ref No: T003

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Job Information
The Water Treatment and Reuse teams are running projects looking at new sources of drinking water and better ways of treating drinking water.

REUSE TEAM: Based at the Old Ford water recycling plant, supplying non-potable water for toilet flushing and irrigation to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, we operate a pilot plant aiming at identifying the right technology for potable and non-potable reuse

WATER PROCESS TEAM operates a number of pilot scale water treatment processes in West London and across the Thames Water region.

The roles will include many of the following elements:
* Working with recognized experts on projects of real relevance to the water industry.
* Installation and monitoring of demonstration plants on operational sites, including setting up and carrying out experiments and the development of new technology.
* Managing sampling programmes, including maintaining databases and responsibility for a sample archive.
* Compilation of literature reviews, feasibility studies and technical reports.
* Data manipulation and analysis using technical software packages.
* Involvement in technical meetings and presentations.
* Supervision of third parties carrying out key project tasks.
* Meeting and liaising with technical experts.
* Working outside throughout the whole year carrying out testing regimes.
* Supporting the team with general maintenance and administrative tasks so that you understand how a research centre is managed.

This placement offers the opportunity for the student to become a fully contributing member of the Innovation team. Placement students working with us in the past have enjoyed being part of a dynamic team. The students will be expected to manage their own time and tasks, and will be responsible for reporting progress to supervisors.


Thames Water Utilities Limited is the UK’s largest water and wastewater services company with over 4,000 employees providing service round the clock to 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley.


Person Requirements
Education & Knowledge
* The roles are open to undergraduate students who are looking to carry out a year-in-industry or Professional Training Year as part of a relevant degree.
* You should be studying: mechanical engineering, process engineering, chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, materials science, environmental science or similar.
* Should be working towards 2:1 (minimum requirement)
* An interest in the water industry
* Knowledge of this field of work would be an advantage

* High standard of oral and written communication skills (English language)
* Good numeracy skills
* Competent with Word and Excel
* High level of initiative and self-motivation
* Willingness to work some unsociable hours
* Able to work safely without direct supervision
* A sense of humour
* A full driving licence


Application Process
Please submit a CV, and a covering letter explaining why you are applying and what you can contribute. (Please also note Ref No. and if you have a preferred team you wish to work for.)

We may carry out initial interviews by telephone, with a follow-up 30-45 min personal interview at our Reading office. Interviews to take place around beginning of December.