Modelling the efficacy of constructed wetlands for hydrology and water quality outcomes in tropical catchments
We are offering a PhD candidature in the field of floodplain hydrology and coastal water quality modelling based in the Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) at James Cook University in Townsville. The Centre completes world class scientific research that best solves tropical water challenges, and collaborates and communicates the results on a local, regional and global stage.
The successful PhD candidate will be involved in an outstanding research group that is focused on delivering coastal wetland restoration outcomes in the areas of blue carbon, water quality and biodiversity. The focus of the project is to establish and conduct hydrology and water quality modelling for engineered tropical wetlands built to maximize outcomes for water quality, and in doing so assist government advance towards Great Barrier Reef water quality targets. This research project will also provide important and necessary data in the development of water nutrient trading markets and ecosystem services.
In addition, our research program provides the opportunity to be involved in a broad range of activities relating to water quality modelling, nutrient processes and fluxes, sediment dynamics and carbon processing in coastal natural and engineered wetlands. This research project has the potential, provided an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, to be involved in research travel overseas as part of the research groups vision.
- Computer hydrology and water quality modelling platforms;
- Field work to deploy and maintain loggers and sensors;
- Working with broad range of end users;
- Communication of results to government and scientist colleagues.
- BSc Honours Class I or M.Sc. (or equivalent via outstanding record of professional or research achievements)
- Excellent computer programming, communication, and organisational skills
- Forward thinking, innovation and creativity are encouraged
- Extensive field work experience with deployment and management of water loggers and autosamplers
- experience with nutrient cycling and processes in tropical locations
- field work experience and ability to maintain and calibrate scientific equipment
- demonstrated publication record in the field in high impact journals
- basic skills and experience with presentations and workshops with end users.
JCU-level stipend of : $29,863.00 ( 2023 RTP base rate) per annum for 3.5 years, full-time study.
Please send your Curriculum Vitae, a copy of your academic record, and a 2-page cover letter outlining your research goals and experience relevant to the research topic (as per contact details below).
Applicants must meet the JCU’s HDR admission requirements if not already enrolled
Closing date: 01/10/2022