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Funded MEngSc position available as part of the DairyWater Project


 Vacancy for 2-year MEngSc Student

DairyWater: Development of a water use and waste management framework for the dairy processing industry

The specific goal of the project is to develop effective and sustainable technologies, which will treat dairy waste and reduce water usage in the dairy processing sector, and to conduct life cycle analysis of water use and dairy waste management for the Irish dairy processing industry. The work will comprise laboratory, on-site and desk-top studies.The €1m large-scale project (funded through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine) comprises research teams from NUI Galway (& Ryan Institute), Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, Athlone Institute of Technology, and Teagasc. This project will provide financial support to the MEngSc student.

The MEngSc Student, who will be based at NUI Galway, will conduct laboratory and field-scale experiments of an IASBR technology, developed in NUI Galway. Key aspects of the work will include; (1) a literature review of dairy processing wastewater treatment technologies and nitrogen removal technologies; (2) optimum operational conditions at laboratory-scale and meso-scale levels; (3) nutrient removal mechanisms at laboratory-scale levels; (4) the operation cost and design guidelines for the IASBR technology with-a-view to commercialization. The MEngSc is co-supervisor by Prof. Xinmin Zhan and Dr. William Finnegan.

The MEngSc Student will receive a high level of support from the five partner institutions. There is an advisory board in place for the project, whose members is from EPA, SEAI, and the Dairy Industry. The advisory board will provide relevant knowledge and experience to the project.

The stipend paid to the successful candidates will be €16,000 per annum for two years and tuition fees will be funded by the project. Applicants must have a degree (2.1 minimum) in environmental engineering, civil engineering or a related discipline suited for the MEngSc being applied for.

To Apply:

Please send your CV and a cover letter with names and contact details of two referees to:

Dr. William Finnegan Civil Engineering, College of Engineering and Informatics, National University of Ireland, Galway

Tel: +353-91-494442 E-mail:


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The position will be filled when a suitable candidate has been found.