[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD projects in geochemical tracers of catchment processes at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia)

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Mon Aug 24 09:24:03 MDT 2015

PhD projects are available in the following broad areas

1) Application of environmental isotopes and major ions together with
streamflow data and groundwater elevations to understand the location and
fluxes of groundwater to rivers, the residence time of water in river
catchments, and whether different stores of water are activated under
different flow conditions. These projects emphasise integration of
geochemical and physical data to achieve an understanding of key processes
that impact the water balance in rivers. Field areas are mainly in Victoria
(southeast Australia) and include a variety of river types (ephemeral and
perennial, headwater catchments, regulated and unregulated).

2) Using geochemical tracers to understand processes in aquifer systems.
The projects integrate geochemistry, including stable and radioactive
isotopes and major ions, with groundwater flow to achieve an understanding
of processes such as the origins of solutes, water-rock interaction,
groundwater residence times, inter-aquifer flow and recharge.  The projects
are based in a range of aquifer systems in eastern Australia.

Successful applicants will typically hold an undergraduate degree based on
at least 4 years of study, including a significant research project
component in the fields of isotope hydrology or hydrogeochemistry.  Monash
PhD scholarships are available to both Australian and International
students. These scholarships are highly competitive and successful
applicants must have First Class Honours or MSc qualifications or their
equivalent; additional relevant research experience and/or research
publications in international journals is advantageous. Further information
on scholarships can be found at
http://www.monash.edu/migr/future-students/support/major. The application
deadline is October 31st 2015 for commencement in early 2016.

Applicants for whom English is not first language, or who have not
undertaken their degree studies with English as the language of
instruction, must attain a satisfactory English language test score (TOEFL
or IELTS) before by November 30th.

Enquiries and expressions of interest to ian.cartwright at monash.edu (please
don't reply to the list!)

Prof. Ian Cartwright

Hydrogeology, Environmental Isotopes, Environmental Geochemistry

School of Earth, Atmosphere & Environment
Monash University
Clayton Vic. 3800, Australia
t: 03 9905-4887 / 4879, f: 03 9905-4903

President, International Association of Geochemistry www.iagc-society.org

Chief Investigator, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training

...water, our greatest resource
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