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PhD Position in Sustainable Production of Chemicals and Fuels from Carbon Dioxide

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Advanced Water Management Centre

The Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) is an international centre of excellence in innovative water technology, treatment and management. With over 100 research staff and students based at The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, the AWMC has established a substantial niche in the interdisciplinary fields of biological science and chemical process engineering. The AWMC has an international reputation for expertise in education, research and training, with >60 international journal publications per year and excellent funding successes from industry and the Australian Research Council (>$7M in the last 3 years). Details of the research interests of academic staff may be accessed at


We are seeking highly motivated PhD candidates to work on bioelectrochemical electrosynthesis, which will focus on delivering a cost-effective bioelectrochemical process converting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into chemicals and fuels. The successful candidate will work extensively in AWMC laboratories, but will also undertake desktop work under the guidance of a multidisciplinary advisory team. Candidates should have an undergraduate degree in Chemical or Environmental Engineering, B. Biotech (Hons), Microbiology (Hons) or other suitable applied science undergraduate degree. Priority will be given to domestic applicants (Australian or NZ Citizens or permanent residents), and applicants are encouraged to make initial contact with Dr Bernardino Virdis ( providing their CV and academic record.