Dispersion of matter in natural river systems is of considerable importance, particularly in relation to the transport of nutrients, sediment and toxicants into ecosystems as a result of stormwater runoff and wastewater discharges. The project “Study of turbulence and influence of anthropogenic inputs in small subtropical estuaries” aims to improve our basic understanding of turbulent mixing and the influence of anthropogenic releases in small subtropical estuaries, and to develop improved predictive models to assist with the management and monitoring of natural ecosystems. This will be achieved through a Ph.D. research project integrating basic water engineering and environmental sciences. The project is part of an active cross-institutional multidisciplinary research effort involving researchers from the Queensland DERM (Water Quality & Aquatic Ecosystem Health group), and the School of Civil Engineering (UQ).
Applications are sought from first and upper second class honours graduates in engineering or science, although preference will be given to first class honours graduate. Applicants must be Australian citizen or permanent resident. The applicant should also have a strong desire to develop a successful and highly-productive research career in environmental fluid mechanics, good general research skills, a strong methodological background, excellent statistical and analytic skills, very good writing abilities, and the capacity to work with multidisciplinary research teams.