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Industrial biotechnology and process engineering PhD scholarships

Future student scholarship
We are seeking two excellent PhD candidates with strong backgrounds or an interest in bioprocess engineering, industrial microbiology or enzyme biochemistry.

Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Engineering and Science and mathematics


Australian or New Zealand and International

What you'll receive

You’ll receive:


You must:

  • have first-class honours (H1), a masters degree or equivalent degree from a recognised institution in a relevant discipline (such as process engineering, chemical engineering, molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry or biotechnology)
  • fulfil our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) admission criteria, including English language requirements.

If you're not sure if your qualifications are equivalent to first-class honours, check our guidelines for determining honours equivalence(PDF file, 111.0 KB).

How to apply

Submit your application to the project supervisor, Associate Professor Robert Speight.

Your application must include:

  • a cover letter
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV)
  • full academic transcript
  • a summary (up to 2 pages) of your scientific career, including:
    • a summary of your final project from your most recent degree
    • a paragraph on your research interests
  • contact details of 3 referees (email, address and phone numbers).

If your application is successful at this stage, you will be asked to complete an application form.

What happens next?

This scholarship will stay open until a suitable candidate is found.

If your application is not successful, we'll notify you by email.

For more information about the application process, contact the Science and Engineering Faculty Research Scholarships Office.

To discuss the research project further, contact Associate Professor Robert Speight by email.

About the scholarship

About the project

The overall project aims to evaluate and characterise waste and co-product streams from the red meat processing industry, and further develop our understanding of current processes and practices. This understanding will form a basis for the generation, development, optimisation and testing of engineering processes based on industrial biotechnology. These processes will improve or replace current practices in the biological conversion of waste or low value co-products into products that increase revenue and benefits for the red meat value chain.

Your role in the project

One candidate’s work will specifically involve research to generate, engineer and optimise microbial or enzymatic biological systems. As the successful candidate you should have a strong interest and experience in microbiology, biochemistry or enzyme development.

The second candidate will focus on bioprocess engineering and the implementation of technical and economic industrial biotechnology microbial or enzymatic processes, for the conversion of waste into value-added products, or implementation in existing processes. As the successful candidate your work will involve techno-economic assessments, engineering design, testing and validation at pilot scale or in industrial settings.

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