PhD Opportunity at Monash University Australia: Lost Mines The Troubled Legacies of Former Mining Landscapes

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Anna Lintern

Sep 13, 2022, 1:56:56 AMSep 13
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Dear all,

The Faculty of Engineering at Monash University invites applications for a fully-funded 3 year PhD scholarship. The successful candidate will participate in a newly-funded ARC Discovery Project. The project will commence in 2023, and aims to understand and model the impact of historic gold mining on mercury contamination in rivers. The PhD is largely within the field of hydrology, the project will involve collaboration with archaeologists, environmental historians and biogeochemists from LaTrobe University and the Australian National University.

The candidate will undertake strategic sampling of Victorian rivers and analysis of samples for mercury content. The candidate will finally produce a model of the impact of abandoned gold mines on mercury levels in creeks and streams.

Applicants are expected to have a MEng, BEng in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or Water Resources Engineering (or equivalent) with 1st Class Honours. Students are expected to have a willingness to learn new laboratory techniques, engage in field work and experience with programming tools (or a willingness to learn). Candidates who have demonstrated experience in inter-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary work and/or experience in archaeology or history will be looked upon extremely favorably. Students will be expected to travel to regional Victoria for field work, and to Canberra for laboratory analysis.

Students will receive an allowance of $28,106 p.a. (2022 rate tax free). Top-up scholarships may be available to excellent candidates. Students have an expected start date of early 2023.

To apply, please contact Dr Anna Lintern ( with a CV, academic transcript and statement of interest in the project.

Kind regards,


Department of Civil Engineering
Bunurong Country
Monash University
112, 23 College Walk (Building 60)
Clayton, Vic, 3800

Twitter: @AnnaLintern

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