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PhD Scholarship Opportunity - Microbial Source Tracking; The Next Generation
Monash University

Date Posted Jun. 4, 2018
Title PhD Scholarship Opportunity - Microbial Source Tracking; The Next Generation
University Monash University
Department Department of Civil Engineering
Application Deadline Jun. 30, 2018
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Melbourne
  • Graduate Student
  • Ecological and Environmental
    Civil Engineering

PhD Scholarship Opportunity – Microbial Source Tracking; The Next Generation
Applications are invited for a three year PhD scholarship in the Environmental and Public Health Microbiology Lab (EPHM Lab) within the Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Clayton, Australia.

The project is entitled "Microbial source tracking; the next generation". The project is funded by Melbourne Water, EPA Victoria and the Australian Research Council.

The Project

This project will advance our knowledge on the sources of faecal contamination entering our urban water systems (bays, estuaries, lakes and rivers) enabling our partner organisations, Melbourne Water and EPA Victoria, to make evidence-based decisions to enhance water quality for water-based recreation (swimming etc.). To read more general information about the project, please visit

The successful applicant will build on our existing methods developed for source tracking (links: Paper 1 –; Paper 2 – which are based on using 16s microbial community fingerprints to identify whether certain animal faeces are present in a water sample. The student will have the opportunity to explore the adequacy of this method, but also to discover new ways to conduct microbial source tracking.

The Opportunity 

The position is for 3 years full-time research towards a PhD. A tax-free stipend is provided ($27,353 per annum). There is potential for the applicants to earn additional money through assistance in undergraduate teaching, and top-up scholarship options are also available. See this link: for more information on scholarships available to students.

Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens, are exempt from the full tuition fee costs for the duration of candidature. International students are eligible to apply for a waiver of these tuition fees. See this link: for more information on fees.

Attendance at both national and international conferences will be provided during the course of the degree. The applicant will work with an internationally recognised research group on urban water management.

The Person

The student will need to meet ALL of the following criteria:

Bachelor of Science degree with H1 Honours or equivalent (majoring in: Microbiology, Computer Science OR other relevant majors) OR Bachelor of Engineering with H1 Honours or equivalent (majoring in Civil OR Environmental Engineering) OR Bachelor of Computer Science with H1 Honours or equivalent;
Be eligible to apply according to the website – Step 1 of
An excellent academic record (outstanding GPA or WAM);
Journal publications (at least one co-authored paper); and,
Interest in working in an applied research team.

Associate Professor David McCarthy, Department of Civil Engineering, Telephone 03 9905 5068 or email

To apply

Your application should include:

a cover letter that discusses how you meet all of the above criteria;
list of journal and conference publications;
up to date CV, including employment history;
a copy of your academic transcript; and,
the names and contact details of three referees.
Send your application to

Closing Date

30th June 2018

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Associate Professor David McCarthy
    Department of Civil Engineering
    Monash University

  • 03 9905 5068


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