PhD opportunity: Smart Control of Stormwater Treatment Wetlands


The University of Melbourne


Parkville, Melbourne



PhD opportunity: 'Smart control of stormwater treatment wetlands' (a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Monash University, QUT, Melbourne Water and South East Water)

Are you interested in environmental technologies and water sensitive urban design? Do you have qualifications in engineering or environmental science or similar?  Have you had some experience, working for example in consulting or local government, but are now seeking to pursue your curiosity in a fun and internationally-regarded research team?  Do you want do work with industry, and set yourself up for a future job in emerging environmental smart technologies?

This might just be the opportunity for you!

The Waterway Ecosystem Research Group at the University of Melbourne is working with Melbourne Water, South East Water and our collaborators at Monash University and QUT (with funding from the Australian Research Council) with the aim of revolutionising the way stormwater treatment wetlands work.  Our ultimate goal is to use real-time-control technology to operate wetlands in a way that optimises their water quality treatment performance, while also enhancing their flood mitigation and amenity functions. 

The project will involve a combination of fieldwork at our experimental wetland in Melbourne, data analysis & modelling, and will have extensive involvement with our industry partners.

To undertake this PhD, you will preferably have a background in engineering, science or environmental science, and you will be eager to work on applied research in collaboration with industry partners.

You will work in a really close-knit team, where you will be offered lots of support, under the supervision of Dr. Chris Szota and Prof. Tim Fletcher. 

You will receive a very attractive tax-free scholarship and also have other opportunities to boost your income through involvement in other research and teaching within the University.

The PhD is open to Australian residents.  Non-residents may be considered if their academic track-record would qualify them for an international scholarship (note: these are very competitive).


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