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Filamentous algae nutrient scrubbers for agricultural runoff

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and the University of Waikato (UoW) through the joint Institute for Freshwater Management (Te Waiora), in association with Lincoln Agritech and Aqualinc Research have established a new research programme to develop novel approaches for treatment of diffuse pollution from agriculture. As part of this programme of research we have funding for three PhD students based at UoW. While PhD students will have their own research topics, we will expect close collaboration between students working as a team to solve these challenging problems.

This PhD will focus on Filamentous algae nutrient scrubbers. This PhD will investigate the ability of filamentous algae to remove both N and P from agricultural drainage water, develop both land-based and in-steam platforms for filamentous algal growth and harvest, and determine the potential uses of the algal biomass.

Applicants will be independent and highly motivated with:
• An Honours or MSc degree in a relevant subject (e.g., environmental (bio)geochemistry, environmental engineering, chemistry, aquatic ecology)
• Experience with lab and/or field experiments
• Sound skills in analysing data
• Excellent communication skills in English (spoken and written)

Annual stipend for 3 years: $34,000 (includes $6,500 annual fees)

Closing date 14th January 2019. The positions will start between March and June 2019.

Applicants, please send a letter of motivation and CV (including contact information for 2 referees) to Dr Rebecca Lawton and Dr Rupert Craggs. who can also be contacted for further details. Your letter of motivation should describe why you are interested in this PhD scholarship.

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