New frontiers in urban water sensing and operational control (PhD scholarship)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Brisbane QLD, Australia 🇦🇺

Application dates

Applications close31 March 2023

What you’ll receive

You’ll receive a scholarship, tax exempt and indexed annually of $32,500 per annum for a period of three years, with a possible 6 month extension, subject to satisfactory progress.

If you’re an international student, you will also receive either:

  • an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) fees offset (International)
  • a QUT research degree (HDR) tuition fee scholarship.

International students will also be covered for a single Overseas Health Cover (OSHC).


To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at QUT, including any English language requirements for international students.

Applicants are expected to commit to full-time, internal enrolment.

How to apply

You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for consideration prior to applying for this scholarship.

How to apply for a research degree

The EOI must include:

  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV), including recent IELTS or equivalent score for international applicants

The EOI must include a link to this scholarship page at question 2 in the Financial Details section. It also must have Dr Dave McCarthy nominated as your potential supervisor

What happens next?

Applicants will be contacted directly with an outcome of their Expression of Interest.

For questions about the research project, please contact Dr Dave McCarthy.

For questions about the application process, please email

About the scholarship

Climate change, urbanisation, population growth and economic uncertainty are all providing pressure on our water supply systems and resources. These systems have been built more than a century ago for some of them. They are all aging and deteriorating, and their long-term performance is dependent on their management under economical constraints (more than ever).

In the Australian context of water scarcity, the demand can be met by considering all types of water. The keys to unlocking the use of all types of water and maintaining the infrastructures for the long term are low cost sensors, IoT systems, remote monitoring, advanced data science and remote autonomous control systems.

This PhD research will focus on the research, development and optimisation of sensors for detecting changes in urban water quality, together with using sensor data to inform simple control mechanisms to improve the function of our urban water infrastructure.

The student will have the opportunity to work closely with existing industry partners. The position will come with paid research trips to domestic and international conferences.

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