PhD Scholarships

Lucrative PhD scholarships are available for students with skills in mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering and/or earth sciences. A number of projects are available studying physical and chemical issues associated with water movement through heterogeneous geological materials. Projects include groundwater flow through faults, optimisation of groundwater pumping for water supply, investigation and remediation of contaminated sites, and environmental issues related to mining and mine closure. Projects are part of a multi-million dollar collaboration between Flinders University, University of Western Australia, West Australian Government and Rio Tinto Iron Ore, and supported through the Australian Research Council. Projects will focus either on field investigations in established field sites, laboratory analysis or start-of-the-art computer modelling, depending on the skills and interests of candidates. Successful candidates will be based in either Perth or Adelaide, with field sites mostly located in South Australia and Western Australia. They will join a dynamic research environment within the NCGRT, which is Australia's leading groundwater research and training institution. Exceptional candidates will receive tax free scholarships of up to $40,000 per year, together with generous project support, including for conference travel and professional development.

Candidates with backgrounds in a broad range of science and engineering disciplines are encouraged to apply, and prior expertise in groundwater hydrology is not required. You must have an honours degree (or equivalent), and some research experience is desirable. To submit an Expression of Interest, please email enquiries@groundwater.com.au, attaching the following documents (pdf or Word only):

  • A covering letter, addressed to the Prof. Peter Cook, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, referring to this project call, and summarising your research experience;
  • Your curriculum vitae, and
  • Your academic transcripts

The closing date for Expressions of Interest is Friday 5th June 2020.

posted: 04 May 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.