PhD recruitment

NCGRT PhD Domestic Research Opportunities – Expressions of Interest

Australian citizens; or permanent residents of Australia; or New Zealand citizens may only apply

The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) is currently seeking exceptional candidates for a limited number of PhD research opportunities available throughout Australia.  Bringing together Australia’s top federal and state water management and research agencies and 12 Australian universities, the Centre is recognised as Australia’s leading groundwater research and training institution.

We are now recruiting the best minds who are passionate about undertaking a PhD and becoming part of the next generation of groundwater specialists.  You will conduct innovative research addressing the most pressing contemporary issues in groundwater science, management and policy.  You will be enrolled at one of our partner universities and will be an NCGRT affiliated researcher, giving you access to the full range of expertise across this unique partnership. 

Applications are encouraged for the following groundwater projects:

Project 1 - Ecohydrologic functioning of ephemeral streams

Project 2 - Application of stable noble gas concentrations (SNG) and radioactive noble gas isotopes (RNGI) for the understanding of deep and shallow groundwater systems

Project 3 - Influence of karst permeability on groundwater in the Port Campbell Limestone, western Victoria

Project 4 - A consistent national model-based method for estimating recharge

Project 5 - Nationally consistent approaches to mapping groundwater dependent ecosystems

Project 6 - Modelling of arsenic mobility

Project 7 - Monitoring and modelling ecohydrological states and processes: towards a better understanding of ecosystems responses to climate and human disturbance

Project 8 - Advancing characterisation of shallow groundwater conditions by hydrogeophysical techniques 

Project 9 - Urban-scale modelling of groundwater quality evolution

Project 10 - Advancing environmental and water research with emerging remote sensing opportunities

Project 11 - Reactive transport of uranium

Project 12 - An investigation of floodplain freshwater lenses in River Murray floodplains

Project 13 - Sustainable groundwater management practices in complex coastal settings 

Project 14 - Combining natural heat as a tracer with high resolution head gradients to quantify the changing hydraulic conductivity of lake and stream sediments

Project 15 - The vulnerability of Andean groundwater springs to land use change

Project 16 - Understanding and estimating groundwater use in semi-arid agricultural regions

Project 17 – Understanding the hydrological impacts of low-flow bypasses on catchment flow processes in the Mt. Lofty Ranges 

Project 18 – Quantifying the magnitude and duration of river recharge to the Adelaide Plains

Project 19 – Investigations into quantifying the contribution of groundwater to the water and nutrient budgets of the South Lagoon  

Project 21 – Determining Hydrological Drivers of “Death Hole”, Karst Sinkhole (Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem) near Beachport, South Australia  

Project 22 – Irrigation recharge in a complex environment

Project 23 – Developing a water balance model for Lake Cantara and quantifying the contribution of regional groundwater process to the hydroperiod of the lake

Project 25 – Freshwater recharge and saltwater mobilisation in a saline floodplain

Application Process

Candidates with backgrounds in a range of science, engineering and social science disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Your academic record will be outstanding and you must have an honours degree (or equivalent). Some research experience is also desirable. To submit an Expression of Interest, please email, attaching the following documents (PDF or Word only):

1. A covering letter, addressed to the Director, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, summarising your research experience and indicating your top three PhD projects and research location preferences (see below for the form to indicate preferences).

2. The Project and State Preference Expression of Interest Form, click here (Word file) to nominate your preferred top three PhD projects, research and state location.

3. Your curriculum vitae, and

4. Your academic transcripts

The closing date for Expressions of Interest is COB Friday 11th August 2017.  Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to proceed with a formal application to the partner university.  All prospective PhD applicants who are approved for candidature must meet the eligibility requirements to apply for an RTP Scholarship, or an equivalent at their nominated home university.  Those students will apply for those awards. Details of the RTP process, and current stipend value, can be found by clicking here. Generous top-up scholarships may be available for suitable projects/students and will be negotiated with successful RTP recipients.

NCGRT 2017 PhD Research Project Partners: