MPhil/PhD Scholarships Environmental Science at Macquarie University Sydney Australia

SCIENCE: Environmental Science, Department of Environment & Geography – Evaluating urban stream remediation techniques: Cooks River, Sydney

Project Description: Environmental Science at Macquarie University in collaboration with Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority and Sydney Water are offering a funded MPhil/PhD living allowancescholarship to evaluate the effectiveness and impacts arising from implementation of stream remediation techniques including Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) treatments on the Cooks River Sydney.

A well qualified student (1st Class Honours or equivalent preferred) is sought to undertake the following research:

* To identify ecological pressure indicators & evaluate the response to multiple stormwater and wetland treatments in the Cooks River system incl. bio-retention, constructed wetlands and gross pollutant trap treatment systems.
* To ascertain if wetland and stormwater treatment works are a viable environmental and economic solution for improving urbanised Sydney river catchments and their ecological functioning.
* To compare the relative condition of pre and post restored/remediated reaches with similar nearby non-impacted reaches using indicator aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling metrics (e.g. SIGNAL2) or othertechniques.
* To test assumptions used in current modelling of potential catchment scale water quality improvements (SMCMA) by applying local Sydney data on restoration/WSUD performance.

The issue of WSUD is becoming increasingly important in both a practical and policy sense. However, there is a significant lack of Sydney-based data regarding potential environmental benefits despite its widespread application. It is hoped that the data arising from this study will lead to the development of more cost-effective environmental outcomes.

The project would suit graduates from environmental science, environmental engineering or biology with strong practical skills or a proven capacity to acquire them in field and laboratory analyses. Statistical modelling skills will also be required. An interest in theapplication of science to environmental policy development will also be highly regarded. Applicants should have a strong academic record with Honours (First Class) or equivalent. Domestic and international applicants will be considered.

Funding is available for a 3-year living allowance scholarship for a PhD (or 2-year for a MPhil) candidate at the APA rate of $22,500 per annum. International students will be responsible for their tuition fees and OSHC, while domestic candidates are eligible for RTS tuition fee funding.

Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, submit a cover letter detailing relevant experience, a CV and an academic transcript to the principal supervisor: A/Professor Mark Taylor by March 19, 2010 at: email: mataylor@science.mq.edu.au, telephone: +61 (0)2 9850 4221; 0422 940 916.

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote ‘Cooks River Scholarship’ on your application.

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