Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/Lead unit

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Mark Harrison
Senior Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Professor Graeme Millar
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


Poor quality water can reduce productivity in the northern beef industry by up to 25%, which reduces the long-term economic sustainability of the industry.

QUT has a long history of developing and deploying water treatment technologies at-scale and is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic student to adapt existing technologies or develop new technologies for the beef industry.

Research activities

As part of the research project, you'll:

  • characterise a range of water samples from across the northern beef industry
  • undertake laboratory-scale trials on a range of water treatment technologies
  • narrow the selection of technologies for evaluation at pilot-scale
  • develop demonstration-scale systems to measure the effect of improved water quality 'on-farm'.


The overall aim of the project is to develop and demonstrate water treatment technology that improves productivity in the northern beef industry.

Skills and experience

It'll be well regarded if you have experience and strong practical skills in the following scientific fields:

  • waste water treatment
  • process scale-up.


You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round



Contact the supervisor for more information.