Research/Scientist Engineer

Wastewater Network – Water Network

Job Description
Roles are available in related areas within Thames Water’s Innovation team, both of which have an interest in the operation and management of buried pipe networks.

Water Network team focuses on better ways of managing an ageing network of water mains – from core research on cast iron pipes to the use of novel sensors. Our placement student will be based at Kempton Park water treatment works (southwest London), but may also spend some time in Reading.

Wastewater Network team focuses on real-time controls of catchments, Sustainable Urban Drainage, unique solutions for blockage & infiltration, high risk asset condition assessment and the removal/recovery of fats, oils & grease.

The roles 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, 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.

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, civil engineering, process engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, environmental science or a similar STEM subject
* Should be working towards 2:1 (minimum requirement)
* An interest in the water industry
* Knowledge of this field of work would be an advantage
* Participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award or similar (Desirable)
* Previous relevant working experience (Desirable)
* Personal achievements relevant to this position

* 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
* Problem solving skills
* Good team working skills
* Ability to work with minimum supervision to deliver to time and quality

Quick Info
Ref No: T002N
12 Month Student/Industrial Placement
Salary: £18,500pa pro-rata (53 weeks)
Holiday Entitlement: 26 days plus bank holidays
Working with:
Wastewater Network or Water Network
Location: Reading, Berkshire (WasteWater Networks) – Feltham, Middlesex (Water Network)
Start Date: Summer 2018
No of vacancies: 2

Closing Date of Applications:
 10th November 2017

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.


Application Process
Please submit:
1) CV – Education Section: Please provide Degree Course, modules and grades achieved and expected grades. Maximum 2 sides of A4
2) Covering Letter – explaining why you are applying for this particular role and team, what you can contribute and what benefits Thames Water will gain from your participation in their placement scheme – (Mention Ref No. and the team you are interested in working for). Maximum 600 words
3) Personal Statement – listing your strengths, your achievements and sharing your career aspirations. This should be a small, bite-size representation of who you are as a professional, and what you have to offer in terms of experience and ambition. Maximum 100 words

Initial interviews may be carried out by telephone, with a follow-up 30-45 min personal interview at their Reading office, if successful. Interviews to take place around end of November/beginning of December.

A test may need to be completed on the day of the personal interview.

** We advise you to apply early