PhD Biogeochemistry of Poly-and Perfluoroalkyl substances - WSU

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PhD Biogeochemistry of Poly-and Perfluoroalkyl substances - WSU

PhD project: The biogeochemistry of PFAS; exploring biological pathways for remediation
Western Sydney University
Contaminants of emerging concern are increasingly being detected in the environment. Poly-and Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a family of manufactured compounds that had widespread usage in the 20th century. The problem is that in the 21st century wehave realizedthat these compounds have persisted in the environment and did not degrade. This PhD will explore the pathway and migration of PFAS compounds through waters, soils, and food webs within existing contaminated sites. This research will improveour understanding on the biogeochemistry of PFAS and make a meaningful contribution to the future remediation of PFAS contaminated sites. As a multidisciplinary project the successful applicant will acquire skills in earth, chemical, and biological sciences.
We are looking for a qualified and motivated PhD student to fill this role. The studentship will be based on the Hawkesbury Campus of Western Sydney University, located in Sydney, Australia, adjacent to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.The successful candidate will be a member of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE;, a global research leader in environmental research, with a strong reputation for delivering research outcomes of the highest quality. HIE houses a team of over 50 academic research scientists and over 80 PhD students with access to a unique suite of world-class research facilities.
To express interest, please send an up-to-date CV to Jason Reynolds ( J.Reynolds [-at-] ) and Jeff Powell ( Jeff.Powell [-at-] ) that includes details of previous undergraduate and graduate degrees (including grades, where relevant), publications and other achievements. Opportunities to apply for a PhD scholarship at Western Sydney University will arise throughout 2019. The first opportunity will closeon 5 May; therefore, it is recommended that you make contact before that date.
More information available at:
Posted: April 9, 2019.