Reducing human exposure to pesticides from high use practices

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.

This project aims to investigate methods of reducing occupational exposure to common-use herbicides and pesticides (such as glyphosate, a ubiquitous pollutant of emerging concern). This will be achieved through developing new cost-effective analytical and sampling tools and refining methods for integrating human exposure (biomonitoring) data with surveillance data on the pathways of exposure from high use. The project will generate new targeted knowledge on (sub) population-specific chemical exposures in Australia, and globally. Such data are critical to inform public health and chemical regulation policy, and provide clear guidance aimed at reducing exposures, to assess the effectiveness of existing regulations, and provide a framework for implementing surveys in the future. The project involves a number of Government and Industry partners.

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)


Associate Professor Sarit Kaserzon

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 organic and or analytical chemistry, and environmental science would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

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

A background or knowledge of emerging organic contaminants, laboratory preparation techniques, organic chemistry, and analysis of samples using LC-MS or GC-MS is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 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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