Research Fellow - Wastewater Foaming

Reference: JOB308
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Employer: Sally Louise Gras
Contact: Sally Louise Gras

Position no.:
Employment type:
Full-time Fixed Term
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
Melbourne School of Engineering
Salary: $59,646 - $80,939 p.a.  plus 9% superannuation
This study aims to develop new strategies to reduce troublesome foaming at sewerage treatment plants in Australia.  Foaming causes significant operational problems and poses a risk to human health and the environment. The problem is large and growing as Australia generates ~2,000 GL of domestic and industrial sewerage each year. A new low cost approach, demonstrated at laboratory scale, is to use naturally occurring bacteriophage to reduce the number of microbes responsible for foaming. This project will examine the industrial applicability by applying engineering strategies to optimise the manufacture, delivery, dosing and mixing of phage at treatment facilities. The project will allow treatment facilities to recover from and prevent future foaming events.
In this position you will work with wastewater industry representatives at their processing sites to understand and prevent foaming in wastewater treatment.  You will assist in the collection and analysis of baseline data, establish methods to study the kinetics of phage-microbial interactions, model and evaluate the mixing environment during aerobic digestion and phage dosing strategies, establish protocols for the dosing at a large scale and prepare for and participate in trials across multiple treatment plants.  You will also be involved in or assist the supervision of studies that aim to produce phage and evaluate phage efficacy.
You will work in a multidisciplinary team with research scientists and engineers in The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Melbourne.  You will also work periodically at The Department of Pharmacy & Applied Science at LaTrobe University and liaise with industrial wastewater partners based in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.  Travel will be required. 
Close date: 23 August 2012