University of Queensland  Follow

PhD Scholarships in Civil and Chemical Engineering, University of Queensland, Australia

Publish Date: Aug 21, 2015

Deadline: Aug 31, 2015

Ph.D. Scholarships in Civil and Chemical Engineering

Job no:  497773
Area:  Faculty Of Engineering, Architecture & Info Tech
Salary (FTE):  APA Industry Post 2005 Scholar NBAN ($31,298.00 - $31,298.00)
Work type:  Full Time - Scholarship
Location:  St Lucia

Apply now -

Ph.D. Scholarships in Civil and Chemical Engineering "creating a circular economy"

The University of Queensland

The Federal Government 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia exercise confirmed The University of Queensland as one of the nation's top two universities, measured by the quality of its comprehensive range of specialized research fields. The Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Jiao Tong), Times Higher Education, and QS all rank UQ in the top 100 universities, globally. UQ is one of Australia's Group of Eight, and a founding member of Universitas 21, an international consortium of leading research-intensive universities.

The 45,500-strong student community at UQ includes more than 10,000 postgraduate scholars and more than 11,000 international students from 162 countries. The University has more than 7,000 academic and professional staff and a $1.6 billion annual operating budget. Its major campuses are at St Lucia, Ipswich, Gatton, and Herston, in addition to teaching and research sites around Queensland and Brisbane city. The University has six faculties and eight institutes funded by government and industry grants, philanthropy, and commercialization activities.

The School of Civil Engineering

The school is a leading provider of civil and environmental engineering research, attracting academic staff, researchers, and students from around the world.  Comprised of 29 academics, including sixteen professors, the school's staff represents a diverse range of research interests including research in water, environmental, geotechnical, structural, and transportation engineering. The school's academic staff members are recognized leaders in their areas of specialization and receive many invitations to undertake high-level consultancy for industry and government. Established links between the school and industry have secured a number of strategic partnerships. These partnerships provide funding to further our research priorities and ensure that teaching programs continue to evolve in line with advances in technology and industry requirements. The School of Civil Engineering is able to provide the industry with resources, research collaboration, and the opportunity to engage with students. Graduates of the school can be found all over the world, working at all levels of government and industry. Our alumni are taking leading roles in helping to build cleaner and sustainable industries, provide waste and pollution control and guide improved resource management.

Creating a circular economy: from waste to resource

Due to recent success in the grant application and increase in staff capacity, there are several exciting opportunities to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy program. The main theme of the research directive is creating a circular economy where resources are used in an efficient and sustainable way and subsequently recovered and reused. Current projects focus on:

  • Development of a novel cost-effective technology for main-stream recovery of ammonium from wastewater;

  • Development of a method for efficient and cost-effective production of Volatile Fatty Acids from solid waste;

  • Development of a novel cost-effective electrochemical method for complete recovery of phosphate and coagulants from waste-activated sludge.

The above-listed projects involve the development of innovative technologies that allow for practical and economically feasible recovery of valuable compounds from solid waste and wastewater. All project aims to assess the practical and economic potential using both lab-scale and field studies.  All projects are in close collaboration with other research groups at the University of Queensland as well as with industry and international research institutes.

The role

The successful candidates will receive systematic training in Biological processes, (Bio)electrochemistry, and Polymer and Organic Chemistry, depending on the project involved. The student will conduct detailed laboratory-scale investigations to fundamentally understand relevant processes and reveal mechanisms, pilot plant and/or field investigations of the effectiveness of the concept and validation, and development of various models, depending on the project. The candidate will be housed in an excellent research environment with excellent laboratory facilities and expertise.

The person

The candidate will have a master's degree or 1st Class Honours degree or equivalent in science and domestic applicants should be eligible for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or equivalent (for more information, please visit: Background in environmental and/or chemical engineering is desirable. International applicants must meet the University of Queensland's English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements detailed at

Mandatory requirements for international applicants:

1. At least 1 high-quality research publication or practical experience in the relevant field;

2. Excellent academic performance evidenced by a high-Grade Point Average (GPA).


The base stipend will be at the rate of AUD $30,000 per annum (2015 rate) tax-free for three years with the possibility of a six-month extension in approved circumstances.


To discuss this role please contact Dr. Ilje Pikaar ( To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. It is mandatory that all applicants MUST supply the following documents: Cover letter, your detailed resume, and complete academic records (including GPA scores/grades, and grading scale details).

Application closing date

Monday, 31 August 2015 at 11:59 pm E. Australia Standard Time

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

This opportunity has expired. It was originally published here:

Similar Opportunities

Study Levels


Opportunity Types


Eligible Countries


Host Countries