Rapid Assessment of Ancient Soil Pollution

Pollution Science Research Group at UNE

The Pollution Science Research Group is a large research group within the School of Environmental and Rural Science at UNE and is core to the ERA 5 rated Soil Science discipline. This dynamic and growing research group is led by Associate Professor Susan Wilson and Associate Professor Matt Tighe and has a focus on investigating biogeochemical processing and risk for inorganic and organic pollutants in the environment. We now have an exciting new PhD opportunity that would suit a high calibre, dedicated research student.

Project: Identification and assessment of aged and ancient soil pollution

How contamination has changed as derelict sites age over long time periods in Australia is unknown. Similarly, ancient land uses such as archaeological smelting and metal working activities often leave extremely old and difficult to locate contamination legacies in the environment. This project will utilise a combination of rapid hand held spectrometry and wet chemistry techniques to locate and assess the extent of such legacies at a range of local and potentially international sites of interest. The applicant will determine the effects of the chemical aging phenomenon on soil contamination across long time spans.

This Scholarship Opportunity is open to Australian and New Zealand Applicants only. The scholarship will provide a stipend allowance of $27,082 per annum. Please see the PhD Scholarship Terms and Conditions for further details.

Applicant information

Applicants should submit an application clearly demonstrating their suitability for the scholarship. This should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, full academic transcript and a statement as to how they address the specific eligibility criteria set out in the scholarship terms and conditions below. Applicants should also provide the contact details of at least 2 academic or professional referees. Applications are open until filled.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Sue Wilson (swilso24@une.edu.au; +61 267732789) or Dr Matt Tighe (matthew.tighe@une.edu.au; +61 267732180).

Please see the Scholarship Terms and Conditions for further information.

Application submission:

Hard Copy

Research Services Directorate

TC Lamble Building Administration Building

The University of New England

Armidale NSW 2351



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