Research Assistant (Advanced Water Management Centre)

University of Queensland

Brisbane, , AU

The Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in innovative water technology and management. The Centre has an outstanding worldwide reputation in urban water management and related fields, and an award winning multidisciplinary team delivers practical technological solutions underpinned by fundamental scientific discoveries.

The Centre has six interlinked programs namely, next generation urban water technologies, integrated urban water management, sewer corrosion and odour management, nexus of urban water, health and environment, resource efficient agri-industry and environmental biotechnology.

The Centre recognises and values equity and diversity, and encourages applications from any individual who meets the requirements of this position irrespective of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, age or other protected attributes. The Centre strives to provide an inclusive working environment, and along with the University is committed to supporting staff with family and caring responsibilities by providing policies, programs and initiatives to help balance work and family responsibilities.

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The role

In collaboration with research and industry partners, the AWMC Wastewater Research Team is developing and demonstrating novel wastewater technologies that maximise energy recovery from wastewater linked to innovative nitrogen removal. Pilot plants will be constructed and commissioned on-site at the collaborative Queensland Urban Utilities Innovation Centre located at Luggage Point Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The position will be responsible for day to day operation of FNA-biogas technology pilot plant systems, and associated scientific, technical and engineering support, both on-site and in AWMC laboratories. The position may also participate in some of operation and maintenance of the pilot sewer system.

The person

Applicants should possess qualifications and training equivalent to an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Technology, Science or related field.

You should have a good understanding of water chemistry and wastewater engineering systems, as well as practical understanding of OH&S and HAZOP in wastewater engineering, and of laboratory safety such as handling of biological and chemical hazards. Experience in conducting experimental work in the field of water management at laboratory-, pilot-, and/or full-scale, as well as experience in maintenance, calibration, and troubleshooting of scientific, mechanical and electrical equipment is essential.

Competency and understanding of process control in particular, PLC systems, and software such as Opto 22, LabView systems or C++will be highly regarded.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion.

Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Applications are also encouraged from women.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year at HEW level 6. The remuneration package will be in the range $74,207 – $79,964 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 9.5% (total package will be in the range $81,256 – $87,561 p.a.).

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Dr Shihu Hu on [email protected]

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

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Applicants must have work rights

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time