The University of Western Australia (UWA) is offering PhD scholarship in a research project related to environmental science/engineering and biotechnology to excellent international or domestic student.

The University of Western Australia is a public research university in the Australian, the main campus is located in Perth, along with a secondary campus in Albany and various other facilities elsewhere. UWA was established in 1911, the university has an enrollment of more than 25,000 students and a staff of 3,700.

UWA is located by the Swan River and only minutes from Perth’s city centre, and is often described as one of Australia’s most picturesque campuses. The city of Perth offers an affordable study environment, with sunny weather, a relaxed outdoor lifestyle and beautiful natural scenery.

UWA is one of the most prestigious universities in Australia, and has been ranked at #92 by the QS world university rankings 2021. UWA is divided into 4 faculties, namely; 1) Faculty of Arts, Business, Law & Education, 2) Faculty of Science, 3) Faculty of Engineering & Mathematical sciences, 4) Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences.

PhD Scholarship Description

Country offering Scholarships: Australia

Organization offering Scholarships: University of Western Australia

Eligible Countries: International or domestic applicants

Program Offered: PhD

Type of Funding: Living allowance stipend

Amount of Funding: AUD$ 30,000 per year

Number of Scholarships: One

Scholarship duration: 3 years (full-time basis)

Deadline to apply: July 31, 2020

PhD Project Details

The title of the project is – Biological hydrogen and methane production from thermally hydrolysed organic wastes. The aim of thid project is to explore the potential of (biological) hydrogen and production of methane from thermally hydrolysed organic wastes.

The project objectives include: 

1) Assessing thermal hydrolysis efficiency of various organic wastes

2) Determining how thermal pre-treatment affects rate of (biological) hydrogen production and its yield from different organic wastes using dark fermentation

3) Optimizing the operating conditions of bioreactors for biological hydrogen production

4) Evaluating methane production capacity from the effluents of hydrogen producing bioreactors

5) Exploring the possibility of improving methane generation through the use of bioelectrochemical systems

6) Evaluating the performance of alternative feedstocks for biological hydrogen production and methane generation

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Candidates with a relevant degree and a related background in biotechnology, environmental engineering, microbiology, etc are welcomed to apply for this project. Candidates should meet the requirements for postgraduate research study as well as the English language requirements as per university policy and guidelines.

How to Apply

An expression of interest should be submitted to Dr Anna Kaksonen via email at ( with a copy to ( The supervisors reserve the right to make an appointment before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.