UAiPhD: Understanding and Optimising Water Quality in the Laratinga Wetlands

Applications open
OPEN
Applications close
15 May 2020
Payment per year
$38,092
Duration
4 years
Program
The University of Adelaide Industry PhD (UAiPhD)
Degree
Postgraduate Research
Citizenship
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
International Students
Type of Scholarship
Academic
Financial Need
Supplementary Scholarships
Available In
All Faculties
Available To
Future

The University of Adelaide Industry PhD (UAiPhD) program and scholarship

The UAiPhD is an innovative 4 year program, which includes completion of a 6 month industry placement.

As a PhD student, you will have the opportunity to work on an industry problem, while being supported by a University of Adelaide supervisor and an industry supervisor for the duration of the program.

In addition, you will undertake selected professional development activities offered through the University’s Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) program or as directed by the industry partner. During your placement, you will gain valuable understanding on how organisations innovate and solve real world problems, and how you can make an impact with your research, while gaining a significant employment advantage.

Detailed information about the program can be found on our UAiPhD (iPhD) website.

The exciting project with the Mt. Barker District Council (MBDC) is highlighted below.

Project name

Understanding and Optimising Water Quality in the Laratinga Wetlands

Project description

Background: The Laratinga Wetlands (Mount Barker, South Australia) were constructed in 1999 and are now a highly valued community asset. The wetlands receive treated wastewater from the Mt Barker township which is undergoing rapid expansion. The outflow from the wetlands, when present, discharges to Mt Barker Creek which also has important ecological and community values. The Mt Barker District Council (MBDC) seeks improved understanding of the processes influencing water quality in Laratinga wetlands and Mt Barker Creek, in order to optimise wetland management.

Project outline: The aim of the PhD project is to develop and trial innovate science-based strategies for optimising water quality management in the Laratinga wetlands. The research will include both field and laboratory research on biogeochemical processes influencing water quality and trialing of different management strategies.

  • High resolution temporal and spatial measurement of nutrient and dissolved oxygen dynamics in Laratinga wetland
  • Assessing nutrient fluxes from the sediment to the water using advanced (diffusive and equilibrium gel) techniques, and how these fluxes vary under different dissolved oxygen conditions.
  • Trialing strategies to reduce nutrient concentrations via use of aerators and floating reed beds and accumulation of “black ooze” type sediments via wetting and drying.
  • Development and calibration of improved water quality models to enable simulation of wetland management strategies.

Project outcomes:

  • Improved strategies to optimise the hydraulic loading to and within the wetland, in the context of the WWTP treatment train
  • Improved strategies to optimise water quality and associated ecosystem and community values for Laratinga wetland
  • Improves strategies to achieve the best possible outcomes for ecosystems and rated species in Laratinga wetlands.
  • Ability to maximize wetland discharge volumes to the receiving environment under improved management scenarios
  • Ability to predict water quality outcomes with greater accuracy

The successful student will also have opportunities to interact and present their findings to the MBDC and local community.

Location and Details 

The PhD project and industry placement component will take place in Adelaide and Mt Barker (SA). While completing the PhD, students will be within the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide and will receive principal supervision from Associate Professor Luke Mosley, as well as industry supervision from the Mt. Barker District Council (MBDC). 

Scholarship and Funding 

Successful students will receive a scholarship of approximately $38,092 tax free per annum. This consists of a University funded Research Training Program Scholarship of $28,092 per annum (2020 rate), alongside an Industry Partner Scholarship of $10,000 per annum. International students must also be eligible to obtain a fee waiver after their application is made.

Application instructions

Applications are now open and will close on 15 May 2020. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Commencement dates/projects may need to be adjusted to ensure compliance with University policy and Government directives regarding the ever-changing COVID-19 situation.

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS

Making an Application
Applicants are required to lodge a separate online Admission and Scholarship application for each project they wish to be considered for.

Applicants must select the relevant Scholarship title from list of 3 scholarships.  You must only select one scholarship from the list per application.  The scholarship selected must relate to the project you are applying for in that application.

The title of the project you wish to be considered for must be included in the Research Interests field within the online application form.  There is a limit of one project per application.

You will also be required to include the name of the supervisor leading the project.

Project titles and Supervisor details for the available projects are:

  • SANTOS Ltd Industry Scholarship (for the project "Exploring the Paleozoic Warburton-Amadeus Depositional System with Novel Isotope Techniques: New Constraints on Chronostratigraphy and Thermal History of the Basins")                                                                                                                                    Supervisor: Dr Juraj Farkas
  • Mount Barker District Council Industry Scholarship (for the project "Understanding and Optimising Water Quality in the Laratinga Wetlands")                      Supervisor:  Associate Professor Luke Mosley
  • Maptek Pty Ltd Industry Scholarship (for the project "Semantic Understanding of 3D Point Clouds")                                                                              Supervisor:  Associate Professor Tat-Jun Chin

Within the online application you will be required to indicate your study preference. Each project is different. Please ensure you make the correct selection for each project you are applying for:

  • SANTOS Ltd:  Doctor of Philosophy / Doctor of Philosophy in Sciences / School of Physical Sciences / Earth Sciences
  • Mount Barker District Council: Doctor of Philosophy / Doctor of Philosophy in Sciences / School of Biological Sciences / Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Maptek Pty Ltd: Doctor of Philosophy / Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science / School of Computer Science / Computer Science

Required Documents for upload
Applicants for iPhD scholarships must complete the online application form and upload all requested documentation.  Where you are applying for more than one project, you must create separate applications and upload your documents into each application.

For Maptek Pt Ltd applicants only – please upload a blank document in place of a Research Proposal when prompted.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Making an Application
Applicants are required to lodge a separate online Admission and Scholarship application for each project they wish to be considered for. To submit a second application, you will be required to register as a new applicant via Apply Now using a different email address than in your first application.

Within the online application you will be required to indicate your financial support. Please ensure you make the correct selection as illustrated below. International students must also be eligible to obtain a fee waiver after their application is made.

Financial Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will be required to indicate your study preference. Each project is different. Please ensure you make the correct selection for each project you are applying for:

  • Maptek Pty Ltd:  Doctorate / Industry Doctor of Philosophy / Computer Science
  • Mount Barker District Council: Doctorate / Industry Doctor of Philosophy / Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • SANTOS Ltd: Doctorate / Industry Doctor of Philosophy / Earth Sciences

Study Preferences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You should select Industry Doctor of Philosophy in the study preferences ‘Award Sought’

The title of the project you wish to be considered for must be included in the Research Interests field within the online application form.  There is a limit of one project per application.

Project titles and Supervisor details for the available projects are:

  • SANTOS Ltd Industry Scholarship (for the project "Exploring the Paleozoic Warburton-Amadeus Depositional System with Novel Isotope Techniques: New Constraints on Chronostratigraphy and Thermal History of the Basins")                                                                                                                                    Supervisor: Dr Juraj Farkas
  • Mount Barker District Council Industry Scholarship (for the project "Understanding and Optimising Water Quality in the Laratinga Wetlands")                      Supervisor:  Associate Professor Luke Mosley
  • Maptek Pty Ltd Industry Scholarship (for the project "Semantic Understanding of 3D Point Clouds")                                                                              Supervisor:  Associate Professor Tat-Jun Chin

research Interest and Proposal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will also be required to include the name of the supervisor leading the project as follows:

Proposed Supervisor

Required Documents for upload
Applicants for iPhD scholarships must complete the online application form and upload all requested documentation.  Where you are applying for more than one project, you must create a separate application and upload your documents into each application.

For supervision confirmation – please upload a document with the supervisor’s name on it. For these projects, there is no need to provide written confirmation from the supervisor. 

For Maptek Pty Ltd applicants only – please upload a blank document in place of a Research Proposal if prompted.

INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE

Helpful links
How to Apply: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/future-students/how-to-apply
Scholarship Rounds: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/scholarships

Enquiries
Online applications:
•    Domestic: hdr_admissions@adelaide.edu.au
•    International: agc.international@adelaide.edu.au

iPhD project information:
Nathan Crabe: hdrindustryenq@adelaide.edu.au

General scholarship information:
scholarships@adelaide.edu.au

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