New PhD Scholarship 

(Closes 30 August 2019)

 An opportunity is available to undertake a PhD in Civil and Natural Resources Engineering (CNRE), on a 3 year College of Engineering scholarship ($15,000/yr + fees). The research will be in the field of wastewater treatment/management, and supervised by Dr Simone Larcher and Associate Professor Sally Gaw.

Candidate attributes

  • A relevant research-based Masters degree (or equivalent) in civil/chemical/environmental engineering, environmental studies, or related discipline; excellent coursework and thesis grades 
  • Excellent spoken and written English 
  • Experience with applied microbiological techniques would be beneficial but is not essential
  • A willingness to commit to full-time PhD research, and to commence study in Christchurch in 2020.

Resourcing and remuneration 

The successful candidate will receive a fees scholarship and full 3-year stipend. Workspace and standard resources will be provided in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering and the Department of Physical and Chemical Sciences, University of Canterbury.

 PhD Scholarship - Emerging contaminants in Wastewater


Soil & Water Assessment Tool (SWAT+) Workshop

The Soil & Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) is a small catchment to river basin-scale model used to simulate the quality and quantity of surface and ground water and predict the environmental impact of land use, land management practices, and climate change. SWAT is widely used around the world and its use is increasing in New Zealand.  SWAT+, a completely revised version of the SWAT model which provides a more flexible spatial representation of interactions and processes within a catchment, is now available.  The model may be of interest to a wide range of users, councils, consultants, and scientists.  To introduce this model, the SWAT team will provide the following workshops across the country:

  • SWAT+ workshop:  28-29 November 9am to 4pm at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.  The workshop is hosted by UC, NIWA, and the NZ Hydrological Society. 
  • SWAT+ introduction workshop:  02 December 10am to 3pm in Roturua (pre NZ Hydrosoc conference). The workshop is hosted by UC, NIWA, NZ Hydrological Society and Scion (held at Scion Rotorua).

There is no fee for attending the workshops.  You will be required to bring your laptop and have QSWAT+ preinstalled (link provided).  Registration is essential as spaces are limited.   Click here to register (