Understanding roles of disinfection agents on the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance

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.

Antibiotic resistance has become one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and economic development. Antibiotic resistance can transfer and spread within environments that include the community, animal, agriculture, food and the environment. It is a serious concern that more diverse and abundant antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) and antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) are detected in various environments, including soil, sewage, drinking water, and even air, thus posing potential threats for the public.

Although antibiotic resistance is a huge matter of concern worldwide, the spread of antibiotic resistance caused by disinfection has been largely overlooked in the past. This project aims to comprehensively investigate the dual effects of disinfection processes in the spread of antibiotic resistance. By understanding the transfer and acquisition mechanisms of ARGs under exposure of various disinfectants, this project aims to discover the dissemination mechanism of ARGs in disinfection systems. This project will provide critical support to the Australian water industry to achieve the required targets to prevent the dissemination of ARGs in urban water systems.

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 Jianhua Guo

Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology

Email: j.guo1@uq.edu.au

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 environmental microbiology and environmental engineering would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of disinfection, water or wastewater treatment and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of genomics and bioinformatics is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2023. 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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