PhD Scholarship Opportunity, Environmental Engineering

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Perth, Australia
21 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the PhD

This project is in collaboration with the Water Corporation Western Australia and will research on Biologically Enhanced Primary Treatment (BEPT) to increase energy recovery in wastewater. To increase energy recovery more upfront carbon needs to be captured during primary sedimentation. This includes both solids and insoluble carbon. Whilst primary sedimentation technologies are well known, Biologically Enhanced Primary Treatment (BEPT) is a new technology that needs to be researched for municipal wastewater treatment in Western Australia. This technology is a key process in improved energy recovery and hence researching and trialling of this technology prior to full scale is paramount. The research will investigate a range of approaches to solving challenges around Biologically Enhanced Primary Treatment.

This is a good opportunity for anyone looking to make a difference with improving sustainable practices and have a willingness to work in the wastewater industry.

The successful applicant will receive a scholarship of $28,420 per year for 3.5 years (all Tax Free), tuition fee sponsorship value at $33,250 per year and overseas health cover if you are an international student.


Interested applicants are welcome to contact Associate Professor Mehdi Khiadani on Upon application, please include a cover letter describing your interest in the field and your career vision for yourself, an up-to-date CV, an academic transcript, and relevant supporting documents of prior research.

Key Requirements

The successful applicant must possess either a Bachelor with First or Upper Second class Honours or a Master by Research Degree and have strong competencies in wastewater treatment.

Closing Date

Scholarship applications close on Sunday 17th November 2019 at 11.30pm AWST.

ECU is a diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society. Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address under representation of specific groups. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.