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PhD POSITION: WATER QUALITY BASED REAL TIME CONTROL OF SEWER SYSTEMS, Bordeaux, France
Located in Bordeaux, France, the LyRE research and development centre is specialized in water management. It is one of the 5 R&D centres of Suez (http://www.suez-environnement.fr/) around the world. The PhD candidate will integrate the LyRE urban drainage department located at the interface with academics and industry, aiming at transferring fundamental developments into industrial activities. The PhD candidate will be part of the EFFIDRAIN collaborative project involving 5 partners from Spain and France: Centro Technologico del Agua (CETaqua), AQUAMBIENTE, AQUATEC, Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) and LyRE (Suez). This collaboration was awarded for a project co-financing through the European Commission program LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency.

The main goal of the PhD project is to demonstrate an integrated real time control strategy of urban drainage to minimize the pollution of receiving waters based on quantity and quality from real time monitoring.
 
The PhD candidate will evolve in a multi-disciplinary environment integrating several scientific areas: Real-time Quality Monitoring: The case study is located in Bordeaux where the city has already begun the installation of continuous quality sensors (turbidity, UV spectrometers) at the main outlets of the sewer system and inside natural water bodies. The research team including the PhD will take part in online monitoring operations.
 
Fault Tolerance: Experience in fault tolerant strategies is available within the project partners. The PhD candidate will have to collect, assess and, if needed, develop fault-tolerance methods to cater for new quantity/quality sensors and to fit the integrated management strategies. Real-time Control: The main project objectives will be to consider the optimal operational goals of the complete urban drainage system and to include quality, as well as quantity variables in the control computations. Based on the state of the art, the PhD candidate will propose and develop the future control strategies for quality-based RTC. Virtual reality Demonstration: The PhD candidate will use 1) existing models for the subsystems and the integrated system, 2) optimization tools for computing operational strategies and 3) the database of environmental scenarios to create a virtual reality setup. The PhD candidate must provide a CV, a cover letter and a recommendation letter.

Contacts: Jean-Luc Bertrand-Krajewski (jean-luc.bertrand-krajewski@insa-lyon.fr); Xavier Litrico (xavier.litrico@lyonnaise-des-eaux.fr)

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