PhD Scholarship in uranium bioremediation in mining site environment towards uranium long-term stability

The PhD candidate will conduct research into U bioremediation and process optimization and gain intensive knowledge in innovative processing protocols for U remediation in mine site conditions.

This scholarship provides a stipend of $32,841 per annum pro rata (full-time) for three years.

Applications open now. 

Applications close 7th August 2025.

One scholarship available. 

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • have a first-class Honours or H1 or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline of engineering/science
  • be an Australian citizen, New Zealand Citizen or an Australian permanent resident or an international student meeting the minimum English language requirements
  • provide evidence of adequate oral and written communication skills
  • demonstrate the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
  • meet RMIT’s entry requirements for the PhD by research degree

To apply, please submit the following documents to Dr. Yi Yang via or Professor Miao Chen via

  • a cover letter (research statement)
  • a copy of electronic academic transcripts
  • a CV that includes any publications/awards and the contact details of two referees.

Evidence of English proficiency may be required.

The role of the PhD student includes:

  1. Investigate the uranium uptake kinetics, stability and their relationship to environmental conditions with aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms.
  2. Establish uranium uptake kinetics and stability in response to microbial consortia evolution mimicking in a mining site environment.
  3. Establish the uranium remediation strategy resisting oxidant and acid in the mine site environment conditions.

The candidate should have experience in one or more of the following research areas: Environmental Science, Microbiology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Geochemistry, and Mineral processing.

Please contact Dr. Yi Yang via or Professor Miao Chen via

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