PhD and MSc Scholarships in Water Quality Management

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Kyungpook National University
Sangju, South Korea
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Job description

The Department of Advanced Science and Technology Convergence of Kyungpook National University (Sangu Campus) offers a PhD scholarship (~ 3 years) and a MSc scholarship (~ 2 years) for highly motivated and exceptional students, starting from the 2021 academic year (March/2021).

The scholarship programs are research based and require publishing of research results in reputed academic journals. The PhD and MSc candidates will be involved in a government-funded research project. The candidates will receive starting monthly stipend (1,000,000 KRW for the PhD candidate and 500,000 KRW for the MSc candidate) and full tuition fee waiver (the university’s scholarship and/or the research project). Kyungpook National University (KNU) is one of the leading national universities in Korea.

Research Topic:

(1) The PhD candidate will work on field measurement and numerical studies for flocculation and fate/transport of cohesive sediment in the water environment. She/he will participate field investigation on hydrodynamics, water quality, and fluid mud dynamics in a river or lake, especially regarding cohesive sediment. She/he will then analyze the measured data with various geo-spatial and statistical tools. She/he will be involved in development and application of the flocculation kinetics to a large-scale, multi-dimensional cohesive sediment transport model. The task will include implementation of flocculation kinetics to an open-source CFD code, such as TELEMAC and OpenFoam.

(2) The MSc candidate will participate various field and laboratory experiments to elucidate bio-mediated flocculation, induced by biopolymers (EPS: extracellular polymeric substances; TEP: Transparent Extracellular Polymers). For example, she/he will perform laboratory experiments for quantifying organic matter, biopolymer, and microplastics in water and sediment samples. She/he will also perform flocculation kinetic experiments for investigating physicochemical interactions and flocculation kinetics in aqueous suspension containing biopolymer, suspended particulate matter and microplastics.



Lee BJ, Toorman E, Molz FJ, and Wang J (2011), A two-class population balance equation yielding bimodal flocculation of marine or estuarine sediments, Water Research, 45(5), 2131-2145

Lee BJ, Fettweis M, Toorman E, and Molz F (2012), Multimodality of a particle size distribution of cohesive suspended particulate matters in a coastal zone, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, C03014, DOI:10.1029/2011JC007552

Lee BJ, Toorman E, and Fettweis M (2014), Multimodal Particle Size Distributions of fine-grained sediments: Mathematical Modeling and Field Investigation, Ocean Dynamics, 64(3), 429-441.

Fettweis M, Lee BJ (2017) Spatial and Seasonal Variation of Biomineral Suspended Particulate Matter Properties in High-Turbid Nearshore and Low-Turbid Offshore Zones, Water, 9(9), 694

Lee BJ, Kim J, Hur J, Choi I, Toorman E, Fettweis M and Choi JW (2019) Seasonal Dynamics of Organic Matter Composition and Its Effects on Suspended Sediment Flocculation in River Water, Water Resources Research, 55(8), 6968-6985.



(1) The PhD candidate has:

- Knowledge in aquatic chemistry, reaction kinetics and mathematical modelling

- Knowledge in fluid mechanics and cohesive sediment transport

- Experiences in the use of programming languages, such as MATLAB, PYTHON, etc.

- Experiences in the use of open-source CFD codes, such as TELEMAC, OpenFoam, etc.

(2) The MSc candidate has:

- Knowledge in aquatic chemistry, reaction kinetics and mathematical modelling

- Experiences in a laboratory, such as chemical analysis, reactor operation, and so on

Eligibility: Master or bachelor degree holding candidates with academic background from environmental, chemical, civil engineering or other related academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. A valid English proficiency test score (TOEFL 530(CBT 197, iBT 71), IELTS 5.5, CEFR B2, TEPS 600, TOEIC 700 or higher) is required for students from non-English-speaking countries.

How to Apply & Procedure: Candidates must submit their application and relevant documents (degree certificate, academic transcript, language test result, and so on) to the university’s application/admission website, which will be open from 26/Oct ~ 6/Nov/2020. The admission guide is found at: .

Candidates should also send required documents (CV, copies of academic transcripts and English test result) by email to Prof. Byung Joon Lee ( subject "Application for PhD (or MSc) Position @ KNU-WQL". IF your CV is found suitable, you will be contacted for further process and review.

Find more information about Prof. Byung Joon Lee on the google scholar and researchgate websites.