WaterRA currently has two PhD Projects seeking students...
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Project No 4540-19
Beneficial Reuse of Sludge from Water Treatment Processes
Barwon Regional Water Corporation
Dr Nick Milne
Dr Will Buchanan
To meet the new Strategy 2030 targets, Barwon Water are seeking new, innovative approaches and opportunities to the management of its sludge from the Wurdee and Moorabool water treatment plants. Water treatment produces a sigificant volume of residual sludge. The management of sludge has been increasing in cost in terms of handling, disposal and the impact on the environment.
Industry is reconsidering how sludge can be generated, disposed and put to productive use. In short, turn sludge from being a cost impediment for water utilities to becoming a source of revenue that is productive for the overall economy. The research is seeking an overview of the latest sludge management literature, and an analysis of economically and operationally viable options that put the sludge to productive use.
Student Application form available here
Full application includes CV, academic record and student application form - all to be emailed as one PDF document.
Full project proposal can be found here
All applicants must meet the enrolment eligibility criteria at Deakin University
Open to Domestic and International Students with a current IELTS score
Refer to Student Information for further details regarding the application process
PhD Interview will be held early December (date tba)
Closing Date for Applications
COB Monday, 12 November 2018 Applications are to be emailed to Carolyn Bellamy
Step 1: Read all the details below, click on the links to full project proposal
Step 2: Contact the supervisor to discuss your suitability
Step 3: You must enrol at The University of Queensland
Step 4: Complete the WaterRA Student Application form and submit by 23 February 2019
Project No 4541-19
Unravelling and mitigating nitrous oxide production in wastewater treatment systems
Enrolled at University of Queensland
Located at University of Melbourne
Supervisors - For technical, project or university enquiries please contact:
Prof Greg Martin [University of Melbourne] 03 8344 6613 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Liu Ye [University of Queensland] 07 3365 4152 0468 813 929 email@example.com
Dr Kris Coventry [Melbourne Water] 03 96797152 0423 145 102 Kris.Coventry@melbournewater.com.au
For general enquiries please contact Carolyn Bellamy [WaterRA] on 08 7424 2443
Student must meet The University of Queensland enrolment criteria https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/Scholarships
and secure a primary scholarship from The University of Queensland.
Open to Domestic and International students who have a current IELTS score
Australian water utilities are leading the world in greenhouse gas emission reductions, with some aiming to achieve net zero emissions operation in the next decade. One of the biggest challenge is to mitigate the nitrous oxide (N2O) production during wastewater treatment process. N2O is a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) and the most significant sink for stratospheric ozone. In Australia, N2O emissions contribute up to 50% of the total carbon footprint of wastewater treatment systems. N2O emission is highly dynamic, varying substantially with time (diurnally, weekly and seasonally) and space (locations in the bioreactor). It is also highly dependent on the treatment technology and the detailed design and operational conditions. Therefore, accurate determination, understanding and mitigation of N2O emissions is the key step towards to the zero emissions operation within the wastewater treatment systems.
Applications open to student with qualifications in chemical engineering, chemistry and/or environmental science; with an interest in wastewater treatment
Tax free scholarship
The Australian Taxation Office deem the university scholarship as tax free
$ 58,000 Benefits Package provide by Melbourne Water includes $8K (per annum x 3.5 years) top-up stipend, $20K operating allowance, $5K conference support, $5K professional development activities such as Student Orientation Day, mentor, AWA membership, connection to industry, networking opportunities with WaterRA members, research experts and Young Water Professionals.
Project commencement date
Preferred commencement date is Semester 2, 2019
Full Project Proposal available here
WaterRA Student Application Form
WaterRA Student Application available here
Full application includes current CV, Academic record and student application form - all to be emailed as one PDF document.
Closing date for applications
23 February 2019 Student Enrolment at The University of Queensland
23 February 2019 WaterRA Student Application form (from Domestic and International applicants)
Refer to Student Information for further details regarding the application process.
Project No XXXX-XX
Full project proposal can be found here
Research Capability Manager
08 7424 2443
Call for Project Proposals
Closing Date for Student applications tba
PhD Interview dates