PhD opportunity: Towards Real-Time-Control of Stormwater Treatment Wetlands

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University of Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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  • Are you interested in environmental technologies and water sensitive urban design (WSUD)?
  • 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?

This might just be the opportunity for you!

The Waterway Ecosystem Research Group ( at the University of Melbourne is working with Melbourne Water 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. To do so, we plan to use field sampling to test relationships between various indicators (e.g. water level, vegetation cover) and treatment performance.

The project will involve a combination of fieldwork across Melbourne, data analysis & modelling, and will have extension involvement with Melbourne Water throughout.

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. Ideally, you would also have an interest in open-source electronic prototyping or programming.

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.

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).

How to apply:

To apply, please email   and  a cover letter and a detailed curriculum vitae, along with a full academic transcript, and details of two academic referees.

Feel free to contact us for further information or to discuss your application.

You must apply before 31st March, 2018.