Curtin University Ph.D. Scholarship

Curtin University Ph.D. Scholarship: Curtin University in Australia is offering a three year completely financed Ph.D. grant for a remarkable candidate to conduct research at the interface of Water Chemistry and Microbiology in the School of Molecular and Life Sciences in the 2020/21 meeting.

Project details:

The point of this project is to create a thorough understanding of the survival mechanisms of microorganisms in chloraminated distribution systems as well as the chemical mechanisms involved in the interaction between bacteria and their metabolites with monochloramine. Chloramination is used as an alternative to chlorine for residual disinfection in water distribution pipelines. The decomposition of monochloramine releases free ammonia which promotes bacterial growth and leads to unexpected high consumption of oxidants.

This exposes the pipeline to the potential growth of Naeglaria fowleri a highly pathogenic organism, previously responsible for multiple deaths of young children. The Ph.D. candidate will develop bioreactors that allow for simulation of a drinking water system mimicking Western Australian conditions. The aim of these experiments is to understand if the biomass is producing different organic material under different conditions relevant to extreme scenarios in a distribution system. This will give us some insight into how the biomass impacts on monochloramine stability.

The Ph.D. candidate will be supervised by experts in Water Chemistry and Treatment, and Microbiology. The water chemistry part will be led by Dr. Sebastien Allard, Pr Cynthia Joll and Adjunct Professor Keith Cadee (Former General Manager Water Corporation) and the microbiology part by Emeritus Pr Jean-Claude Block (University of Lorraine, France) and Pr Elizabeth Watkin. The Ph.D. candidate will also work closely with our industrial partners (Water Corporation Western Australia).

Curtin University Ph.D. Scholarship

Worth of the Curtin University Ph.D. Scholarship

  • The successful applicant will get a stipend of $35,000 per annum.
  • The length of the award will be for three years with a maximum possible extension of up to half a year (survey dependent upon the situation).


The applicant for this Ph.D. grant is required to:

  • Hold a college degree in Environmental science, Chemistry, Microbiology or relevant field at a significant level (honors) of academic achievement;
  • Show an aptitude or explore for through their scientific and basic reasoning abilities;
  • Have the ability to work in a team setting and assume liability for their individual tasks;
  • Be knowledgeable and experienced about the utilization of digital technology and software packages;
  • Should have an astounding spoken and written communications skills with evidence, for example, through their undergraduate thesis/project work and presentations given;
  • Practice well-developed time- and self-management skills with strong personal discipline and drive in their work.

Moreover, the candidate should:

  • Ideally, have experience with Microbiology; and
  • Ideally, have experience with Water Chemistry.

Method of Application for the Curtin University Ph.D. Scholarship

Please send Dr. Sebastien Allard an email ([email protected]) an expression of interest with

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic transcripts
  • A short covering letter (minimum of 2 sides A4) that addresses the qualification standards. The letter ought to clarify why you are keen on the task and how your abilities, skills, and experience make you a great applicant for the award.

Deadline: Applications close June 30, 2020

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