Identifying indoor chemical exposures and associated factors

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Indoor environment quality has significant impact on human health as people typically spend 90% of their time indoors. There are various immediate sources in indoor environments emitting a complex suite of chemicals. Current key challenges for indoor pollution research include that there is a lack of criteria on how to choose homes and rooms for sampling to reflect the heterogeneous nature of the indoor environment – both inter- and intra-dwellings. The factors determining indoor chemical exposures are also poorly understood. This PhD program aims to understand what chemicals that the Australian population are exposed to from indoor environments, assess how to establish sampling criteria for indoor chemical exposure assessment and identify factors that influence such exposures including ventilation towards a changing climate.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Dr Xianyu Wang

Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of trace organic analysis using mass spectrometry techniques, passive air sampling methodology, cross-media chemical transportation modelling, and aerodynamics, particularly focusing on indoor environments would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of analytical chemistry; environmental science and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of chemical transportation modelling is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2024. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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