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Australian National University Admission PhD positions. 3 PhD positions on Catchment Water Quality in Australia for ‘Improving water quality prediction by addressing the flow pathway-water transit time-water quality nexus.

They are hiring three PhD positions funded through a grant from the Australian Research Council (DP230100618) starting in 2023:

Improving water quality prediction by addressing the flow pathway-water transit time-water quality nexus’ The selected candidates will join an interdisciplinary team of hydrologists, biogeochemists and modellers from the Australian National University (Dr Danlu Guo), University of Melbourne (Prof Andrew Western, Associate Prof Meenakshi Arora) and Monash University (Prof Ian Cartwright) and will be based at one of these universities.

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They are seeking high-quality applicants with the following qualification and attributes, with further requirements listed in section ‘Details on individual PhD positions’:

  1. A MSc or a BSc with 1st class Honours (or equivalent) in a relevant science discipline
    such as environmental science, hydrology or engineering.
  2. Solid knowledge of earth sciences and hydrology especially in catchment hydrology and water quality processes.
  3. Robust numerical and programming skills (MATLAB, R or Python).
  4. Good verbal and written communication skills.

Selected candidates must also fulfill the eligibility requirements for the Postgraduate

Research programs at the host universities (including English language proficiency for international students).

⚫Application and enquiry:

All interested candidates should email the supervisor of the corresponding project describing their background, research experience and interest relevant to the overall project and the specific PhD position they are applying for (see the section below), along with transcripts, CV, English Language proficiency certificates, and any published papers.

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Details of individual PhD positions:

⚫PhD project 1:

Understanding transit times and the sources of stream water, based at Monash University, Melbourne. Supervisor Prof Ian Cartwright ([email protected])

This PhD project will use tritium, stable isotopes, and major ions to understand changing transit times and sources of water in the study catchments at different flow conditions and timescales.

In addition to the above general selection criteria, the student should have experience in collecting and interpreting environmental isotope data and have a current driver licence.


  1. Full fee waiver
  2. A tax-free PhD stipend of $33,000 per year (2023 rate) for 3.5 years.
  3. Health Insurance and relocation allowances
    Further information on the Monash PhD program is available at

⚫PhD project 2:

Model development to predict the pathways and ages of stream flow, based at Australian National University, Canberra; Supervisor Dr Danlu Guo ([email protected])

This PhD project will develop models to predict the pathways and ages of stream flow, thus help improving the modelling of stream water quality.

The PhD project will also enhance the predictive power of the developed model across multiple catchments with various hydrologic, climatic and geologic features.


  1. Full fee waiver
  2. A tax-free PhD stipend of at $34,000 per year (2023 rate) for 3 years with the
    possibility of a 6-month extension in approved circumstances.
  3. Other ANU PhD benefits including Travel and Removal allowances, see:

⚫Project 3

Incorporating reaction times into transit time models to improve the prediction of nonconservative pollutants (nitrate) in catchments, based at University of Melbourne;
Supervisors A/Prof Meenakshi Arora ([email protected]) and Prof Andrew Western
([email protected]).

This PhD project will extend the EC-based transit time model to non-conservative pollutants, specifically nutrients, that are important from a management point of view.

The key challenge to an accurate representation of non-conservative pollutants is to incorporate biogeochemical reactions.

This project will use available data to determine the reaction rates for nitrification and denitrification in the catchment waters and hance both the
understanding and representation of nutrient dynamics with improved transit time information.


  1. Full fee waiver
  2. PhD stipend of at the $34,400 per year (2023 rate) for up to 3.5 years, free of tax.
  3. Health Insurance for the duration of the project
    Further information on the Melbourne PhD program is available at



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