PhD Scholarship Evaluating Riparian Buffer Zones in Temperate Streams
As Australia and the world confront the challenges of climate change and a growing population, water resource management has never been more important. Research will play a large role in helping shape and manage water resources, now and into the future, particularly in Australia, where water resources are scarce and highly variable.This PhD-level research is sponsored by Barwon Water Corporation and Deakin University’s ‘Centre for Regional and Rural Futures’. We are seeking a suitably qualified environmental scientist/engineer with skills in ecological assessment, particularly ecological restoration, hydrogeology, microbiology and/or environmental engineering to undertake research to assess changes in water quality and ecological parameters associated with restoration of the riparian zone of a stretch of the upper East Barwon River, located in the Otway hinterland of Victoria’s south-west.
Based out of Deakin’s award-winning Geelong campus, the applied research is complementary to an existing river restoration and water security project led by Barwon Water that aims to restore water flow entitlements through the removal of non-native plant species (Salix spp., willow), streambed stabilisation, revegetation and stock-exclusion measures. The research will contribute new knowledge toward the concept of Ecologically Functional Riparian Zones, with a focus on comparing water quality and ecological variables before, during and after restoration activities.The project is open to domestic and international students, and would be well suited to mid-career NRM or water professionals looking for a stimulating change, or to provide a competitive career edge.
Assessment of changes in physico-chemical (dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity & temperature) and water quality (nitrogen and phosphorous) before and after completion of restoration works.
Assessment of changes in microbial assemblages (main focus = E. coli) before and after completion of restoration works.
Assessment of changes in other biological assemblages before and after completion of restoration works (e.g. fish, macro-invertebrate or riparian vegetation).
Work collaboratively with the Victorian Water sector, Deakin University, and Water Research Australia (WaterRA);
Professional networks & partnership opportunities, including WaterRA Professional Development Support;
Attractive and competitive PhD Scholarship package (see below);
A combination of both pure and applied science to address a real world problem and contribute new knowledge to field of ecology;
Multidisciplinary research with the potential to design novel experimental tests to answer industry-based problems;
Mix of laboratory and fieldwork. Working in agricultural landscapes and spectacular forested catchments in the Otway hinterland; and
Guide future water resource management decisions and engage in critical environmental research.
$115k PhD Scholarship Package that includes:
Stipend, $90,000 (across 3 years);
Operating Allowance up to $15,000 (across 3 years);
Conference Support: $5,000 (across 3 years);
Professional Development Support: $5,000 (across 3 years); and
University post-graduate fee waiver.
Applications Close: Midnight, Sun 18 October 2020.
We are seeking a suitably qualified environmental scientist/engineer with skills in ecological assessment, particularly ecological restoration, hydrogeology, microbiology and/or environmental engineering.
Barwon Water is Victoria's largest regional urban water corporation. We provide high quality water and sewerage services to more than 295,000 permanent residents over 8100 square kilometres. As major employer in the region, we have more than 300 operational, engineering, strategic planning, financial and administrative staff. We embrace diversity and are committed to equal opportunity and fairness in the workplace. Barwon Water (Barwon Region Water Corporation) is owned by the Victorian Government. We are a statutory body under the Water Act. Our history dates back to the establishment of the Geelong Municipal Waterworks Trust in 1908.