PhD scholarship: Sewer inflow and infiltration modelling
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Area:Faculty Of Engineering, Architecture & Info Tech
Salary (FTE):RTP Scholarship NON-BANDED ($28,597.00 - $28,597.00)
Work type:Full Time - Scholarship
Location: St Lucia
UQ ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific
Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 46 in the QS World
University Rankings, 42 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 66
in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 54 in the Academic
Ranking of World Universities.
Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology
The Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology (ACWEB)
(previously known as Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC)) is an
internationally renowned centre of excellence in innovative water technology
and management. We deliver six interlinked programs, including next generation
urban water technologies, integrated urban water management, sewer management,
nexus of urban water, health and environment, resource efficient agri-industry
and environmental biotechnology.
The centre has strong collaborative linkages with industry and an outstanding
academic publication record, publishing on average more than 100 papers a year
in high quality journals including the most prestigious multidisciplinary
journals including Nature and Science, and top discipline journals such as
Water Research and Environmental Science and Technology.
Supervisor – Professor Zhiguo Yuan
Sewer systems are among the most critical infrastructure assets for modern
urban societies. Urban sewer networks collect and transport domestic and
industrial wastewaters to wastewater treatment plants for pollutant removal
prior to reuse or environmental discharge, thus protecting both public and
One of the most serious issues faced by the water utilities is sewer overflow,
which compromises the very purpose of sewer systems, and causes financial and
reputational losses to water utilities.
Wet weather overflows are caused by rain-derived inflow and infiltration.
Sewer overflow can be reduced by operational optimisation via real-time sewer
flow control, making use of the spare storage capacity available in sewer
pipes, pumping stations and/or purpose-built storage tanks. The effective
application of this strategy requires on-line prediction of sewer inflow and
Led by Prof Zhiguo Yuan AM, an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, the ACWEB sewer
research team is undertaking research to develop models to predict sewer
inflow and infiltration based on rainfall data and other environmental
An opportunity exists for an outstanding PhD candidate to develop novel
methodologies and methods for the detection, quantification and prediction of
inflow and infiltration in a sewerage system. The PhD candidate will be
involved in the long-term monitoring of sewage flow and key water quality
parameters; and will be responsible for the development of mathematical models
capable of predicting sewer inflow and infiltration rates. Ample opportunities
exist for the student to work with water utilities. The candidate will gain
not only extensive training in modelling but also practical experience in
To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher
Degrees by Research at UQ.
This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and
International students who are currently in Australia at the time of
application and commencement.
Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the
applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards,
and employment history.
The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of civil or
environmental engineering and the potential for scholastic success.
A background or knowledge of mathematical modelling of water/wastewater
systems, and research experience is highly desirable.
The 2021 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is
AUD$28,597 per annum (indexed annually), which is tax-free for 3.5 years,
with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
For further information, please contact Dr Yarong Song at
How to apply
To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate
application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request
scholarship consideration on the application for admission.
Before submitting an application you should:
check your eligibility
prepare your documentation
contact Dr Yarong Song (email@example.com) to discuss your
suitability for this scholarship
When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative
study section you:
Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative'
Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
Select ‘Other', then ‘Research Project Scholarship' and type in ‘INFILTRATION-YUAN' in the 'Name of scholarship' field.
See an example of what you have to do
Learn more about applying for a higher degree by research at UQ
Applications close: 9 August 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time
Advertised: 22 Jul 2021
Applications close: 09 Aug 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time