Research Scientist/Engineer

Type: Student Placement
Salary: £18,500pa pro rata (53 weeks)
Working with: Sludge & Energy Team
No of Vacancies: 1

Location: Reading, Berkshire
Start Date: 25th July 2017
Closing Date of Applications: CLOSED
Ref No: T004

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Job Information
The role is available within the Innovation team, where the team’s activities are wide-ranging and include:
* lab, pilot and demonstration scale trials
* full scale implementation
* collaborative projects with water and technology companies as well as universities

Sludge & Energy team focuses on identifying those sustainable processes or technologies that will provide with enhanced efficiency both in terms of biogas generation and reduction in end product disposal.

The role will include many of the following elements:
* Working with recognised 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 at various location within London / Thames Valley
* Compilation of literature reviews, feasibility studies and technical reports.
* Data manipulation and analysis.
* 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 student working with us in the past have enjoyed being part of a dynamic team. The student 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 role is 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 process engineering, chemical engineering, 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, what you can contribute and what you wish to gain from the placement.

Interviews will be taken place on the 28th March. Please ONLY apply if you are available to attend the interview on this date. No other alternative dates will be available.