Jun 10, 2020

PhD Scholarship for Smart Sewer Project

$40,000 yearly
  • Barwon Water
  • Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus, Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds VIC, Australia
Full time   Engineering Science (environmental) Research Science


Victorian water utilities are seeking innovative solutions to improve their network operations through the application of smart sensing technology and advanced data analytics. 

We are seeking a suitably qualified graduate/engineer who is passionate about shaping the future of sewer asset management to undertake this PhD research.

Based out of Deakin’s award-winning Geelong Waurn Ponds campus, the applied research will be complementary to an existing “Lorne Smart Sewer” project sponsored by Barwon Water, Victoria’s largest regional water corporation, and Victoria’s IWN (http://www.iwn.org.au/).

The research will focus on a case study in selected critical sewer pipes at Lorne – a popular holiday destination situated on the southwest Victorian coastline. Your expertise in sewer/stormwater system hydraulic modelling and signal processing will contribute to the development of new techniques for blockage detection and sewer spill early warning. You will be provided with opportunities to further enhance your skills in machine learning and data analytics. You will also work alongside industry, contributing to the development of a Smart Sewer Deployment Framework for the Victorian water sector and to the dissemination of summary information to the water industry both domestic and abroad.

The project is open to domestic and international students, and would also be well suited to mid-career water professionals looking for a stimulating change, or to provide a competitive career edge.

Project Characteristics 

  • Work collaboratively with Barwon Water engineers, IWN professionals, and Deakin University researchers;
  • Professional networks & partnership opportunities through Victoria’s Intelligent Water Networks (IWN);
  • Attractive and competitive PhD package (see below);
  • A combination of fundamental and applied research to address a real world problem and contribute new knowledge to the field of water asset management;
  • Mix of numerical, laboratory and fieldwork. Working in spectacular coastal areas in the southwest of Victoria;
  • Open to domestic and international students and water professionals; and
  • Guide future sewerage system management decisions.

 The Scholarship Package

  • $40,000 per annum tax-free stipend*
  • $15,000 operating budget (across 3 years)^
  • $3,000 conference support package (across 3 years)
  • Potential water industry internship throughout term of PhD

*Average stipend across the three years.

^ Estimated operating allowance may vary depending on research project requirements.

Further Information and Inquiries

Dr James Gong, Deakin University: james.gong@deakin.edu.au

To Apply

Email Dr James Gong (james.gong@deakin.edu.au) with a one-page cover letter expressing your motivation to apply, your CV (no more than 4 pages) and a copy of your academic transcripts. Applications will close midnight Sun 26 July 2020.

All applicants must meet the enrolment eligibility criteria at Deakin University. The successful applicant will be required to gain enrolment at Deakin University.

Domestic Students: http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/become-a-research-student

International Students: http://www.deakin.edu.au/international-students


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