Natural Resources Wales PhD Placement Opportunities: Chemicals In Water

Deadline for applications: 31st May 2024

Projects Outline

Project 1: Understanding sources, pathways, and impacts from Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons to natural Waters in Wales

The primary objective of this placement is to investigate PAH failures, considering likely sources and pathways, including the possible role of extreme events. This will include analysis of water quality data in light of other datasets such as land use and rainfall, as well as comparison of data form other parts of the UK.

A second objective, to be pursued if there is time and/or capacity, is to assess whether the existing standard is adequate, via a review of the literature published since the standard has been in place.

Project 2: A critical review of options and approaches to designate mixing zones for point source pollution

The Environmental Quality Standards Directive (2008) and related transposed legislation require environmental regulators to designate mixing zones adjacent to points of discharge. NRW needs to review and strengthen its approach to mixing zones, as well as consider its relevance to other policy drivers such as marine protected areas. This project will thus, review the requirement of existing legislation, existing evidence, and best practice on how to establish and manage mixing zones. The desired output would be a literature review and recommendations to draw guidance documents.

Essential Skills

  • Excellent research skills
  • Ability to analyse complex information and data
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Ability of presenting technical material in an accessible format
  • Presentation skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Ability to apply an innovative approach

For further information about the two roles and for details of how to express an interest please download the following documents:

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