PhD recruitment

NCGRT PhD Research Opportunities – Expressions of Interest

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 - Influence of karst on the hydrogeology of a covered limestone aquifer with granular porosity; the Port Campbell Limestone in western Victoria

Project 2 - Geochemical tracers of catchment processes

Project 3 - The vulnerability of Andean groundwater springs to land use change

Project 4 - Impacts of Groundwater use on the water cycle of south East Queensland

Project 5 - Exploring Water Resources Futures Under Climate Change Using Participatory Socio-Environmental Modelling

Project 6 - Reducing predictive uncertainty for better groundwater management

Project 7 - Urban-scale modelling of groundwater quality evolution

Project 8 - Reactive Transport Modelling of Uranium

Project 9 - Modelling of arsenic mobility

Project 10 - Groundwater resources for mining

Project 11 - Sustainable groundwater management practices in complex coastal settings

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

Project 13 - Interactions between the Great Artesian Basin and the Murray-Darling Basin water resources

Project 14 - Groundwater flow and contaminant interaction in engineered aquitard barriers using advanced techniques

Project 15 - Application of Li and Si isotopes for understanding the groundwater cycle, Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Project 16 - Emulation of groundwater and/or integrated environmental models

Project 17 - Investigation of urban hydrology from aquifers to the atmosphere toward integrated management of water, energy, and carbon in urban environments

Project 18 - Monitoring and modelling ecohydrological states and processes towards a better understanding of ecosystems responses to climate variability and changes

Project 19 - Advancing environmental and water research with emerging remote sensing opportunities

Project 20 - Stochastic permeability modelling and upscaling for Coal Seam Gas impact assessment models

Project 21 - Characterisation and parameterisation of uncertainty induced by faults in regional groundwater models

Various Projects - Bureau of Meteorology

Various Projects - NSW Department of Primary Industries


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 Form (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 has been extended to Thursday 1st September. 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 Australian Postgraduate Award, or an equivalent at their nominated home university.  Those students will apply for those awards. Details of the APA 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 APA recipients.

NCGRT 2016 PhD Research Project Partners: