13 Postgraduate Scholarships in Chemical Engineering, Food Processing, Science and Agriculture

19 April 2014

The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney has been awarded an Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre. This training centre will educate a new generation of engineers and scientists to foster the capacity of Australian Biotechnology and Food industries to further develop advanced technologies in manufacturing and product improvement. The key objectives are the development and production of nutraceuticals for the prevention and treatment of chronic and acute diseases such as cancers, osteoporosis and cardiovascular diseases. In enabling the production of these nutraceuticals we will design cost effective and sustainable processes that minimise waste-products, enhance efficiency and minimize energy consumption. Our vision is that Australia's next generation of food technology and manufacturing experts will be educated at this training centre.

Applications are invited for suitably qualified and motivated candidates to undertake research in three key areas:

  1. Research and develop high-value products from food waste and establish new approaches that can be employed in the food chain to manufacture safe and healthy foods.
  2. Optimisation: Research approaches to process design and optimisation that maximise value from raw food materials, minimise waste production and reduce energy costs.
  3. Solids Processing: Research innovative ways to manage solid materials to increase food shelf-life, and prevent loss of activity whilst in storage.

Each project will involve collaboration with engineering and science disciplines across the University with a substantial training placement with one or more of the Centre's industry partners.

There is the opportunity for offering up to 13 PhD scholarships to suitably qualified candidates with a Masters degree or a strong Honours degree in Chemical Engineering, Food Science, Agriculture, Biochemistry or related discipline (e.g. Food Engineering). Each scholarship will cover the university tuition fees and provide a living allowance of $29,844 tax fee per annum for a period of three years. These positions are open to Australian and NZ residents, as well as to international students. Successful candidates will perform research on industry-based projects and will be expected to spend 30% of their candidature working with their industrial sponsor. We will provide opportunity for all these PhD students to advance research and education through partnering with biotechnology and food processing industries, to benefit society, human health and the environment. These candidates will present their research findings at national and international conferences pertinent to their field.

Successful candidates would be expected to commence from mid-2014. For further information and details of the specific projects on offer, please contact:

Professor Fariba Dehghani (; Tel: 612 93514794) or

Associate Professor Robyn McConchie (; Tel: 612 86271045).

Applications should be emailed to Professor Fariba Dehghani and must include:

  1. Covering letter explaining why you are motivated to work in this research field
  2. A detailed CV, including a publications list and highlights of research experiences/projects
  3. An academic transcript for all undergraduate and postgraduate results (include an explanation of the grading system used)
  4. Industrial experience
  5. Contact details for two academic referees
  6. Evidence of adequate English language proficiency for international applicants; for example, an IELTS average of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0

The closing date for applications is 19th May 2014.