Combining natural heat as a tracer with high resolution head gradients
to quantify the changing hydraulic conductivity of sediments

Project: The daily temperature fluctuations in surface water are routinely used to calculate water fluxes in underlying sediments, i.e. groundwater recharge or discharge through the streambed. While heat tracing is now an established tool for quantification of surface water-groundwater interactions, improvements can still be made to the techniques and the combined interpretation with other physical and chemical data. The project will consist of a combination of practical and theoretical method development, fieldwork in several streams and lakes sites across NSW and data processing, interpretation and reporting in journal papers. This project requires a strong foundation in groundwater science and engineering. The project will be hosted within the Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre (CWI) at UNSW.

Role: The successful applicant will be working as part of a broader team that includes researchers from the UNSW Water Research Laboratory and the Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre. The project involves the custom development and deployment of field tools to measure surface water groundwater interactions in lake and stream systems.

Pre-requisites: The successful candidate should have a 1st class Honours (or equivalent) degree in either Engineering or Science. To be considered for this position, the candidate must have a self-assessment outcome indicating eligibility for an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship using UNSW's online tool ( Strong mathematical skills are essential. A sound knowledge of physical hydrogeology is desirable. The successful candidate should be willing to participate in fieldwork.

Stipend and application procedure: The 3.5 year PhD scholarship will provide an annual stipend of $26,682 plus a scholarship top-up of $5,000 per year. Interested applicants should send their CV, self-assessment result and a short letter highlighting their research background and interest in this area to Dr Martin S Andersen ( Short-listed applicants will be notified within a week of the closing date and be willing to submit an application for a RTP scholarship by the deadline of 11th of October.

Closing date is 1st of October 2017

published: 18 September 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.