Understanding third hand exposure to methamphetamine in residential setting

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.

In Australia, people are worried about their inadvertent exposure to methamphetamine residues in contaminated properties. In this proposal, an interdisciplinary research team aim to engage with public health authorities and public housing industry to conduct a large scale collaborative research on total exposure to methamphetamine in contaminated houses through different pathways (e.g. air, dust, surfaces) and link them with the level of methamphetamine in samples from occupants. The project is expected to significantly enhance our understanding of links between contamination levels in the house and actual exposure levels in human, providing evidence for policies on residential indoor environment safety issue.

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 Phong Thai

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Email: p.thai@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 exposure assessment would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of environmental chemistry, public health or epidemiology and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of analytical chemistry is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 2, 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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