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PhD Scholarship at UNSW to work on radionuclide biogeochemistry

Reference: JOB321
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Employer: Professor David Waite
Application deadline: CLOSED
Contact: David Waite

PhD Scholarship on radionuclide biogeochemistry and
radioactive site remediation
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Institute for Environmental Research
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Kirrawee DC, Australia
A PhD scholarship is available through the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
to undertake research within a project aimed at understanding radionuclide
biogeochemistry and to examine sustainable strategies to limit off-site migration from
contaminated sites. The project is a significant collaborative research effort with Australian
Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation scientists. It is expected that the applicant
will have (general) experience and/or interests in the biogeochemistry of inorganic
pollutants and possess the ability (and/or willingness) to undertake both field- and
laboratory-based investigations of factors influencing radionuclide mobility. As such,
applicants with a background in geochemistry, microbiology, environmental engineering
and related fields are encouraged to apply.
This scholarship is open to all nationalities and applicants are expected to have (or
expecting to obtain) 1st class Honours (or equivalent ranking) in a 4 year undergraduate
About the University of New South Wales
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is a founding member of the prestigious Group
of Eight research intensive universities in Australia and ranked 49th (39th for Engineering)
worldwide on the 2011 QS World University Rankings, one of only five Australian
institutions to make the top 50. UNSW is well located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney,
close to Sydney's most popular beaches, parks and only 20 minutes from Sydney Airport.
UNSW is also close to the city's main business hub, providing easy access to a wide range
of academic, cultural and social activities.
About the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation
The Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is Australia's national
nuclear organisation and the centre of Australian nuclear expertise. One of the priorities of
ANSTO is to deliver worldclass research and innovation in nuclear science and technology
with a core focus on environmental research, materials engineering, life sciences and
neutron scattering. ANSTO is located approximately 40 km south of Sydney in Lucas
Research Environment
The student will be integrated within the Biogeochemical Processes research group at the
UNSW Water Research Centre within the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
which currently consists of 10 researchers and 16 PhD students
( The Centre attracts
upwards of $7 million/yr in external research funding and has access to state of-the-art
analytical instrumentation at UNSW. The student will also collaborate closely with scientists
from ANSTO’s Institute for Environmental Research which is a centre of excellence in the
southern hemisphere in understanding how environmental systems function and interact,
and the impact that humans are having on the environment
Scholarship Details
The PhD scholarship offers either a $10,000/yr top-up to an Australian Postgraduate Award
(valued at $23,728/yr tax-free) or, for exceptional candidates, a stipend of $35,000/yr (taxfree),
each for 3 years with a possibility of a 6 month extension. Additional taxable support
of up to $8,000/yr is available through acceptance of tutoring duties within the School of
Civil and Environmental Engineering. A relocation allowance is available to students who
move to Sydney to commence the scholarship.
Professor David Waite ( can be contacted for further information and
will receive applications for the scholarship. Candidates would be expected to commence in
semester 1 of 2013 (i.e. before March 31st). Applications should include a cover letter,
academic transcript, CV and names and contact details of two referees.

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