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PhD Scholarship in Agri-Industry

We are seeking PhD candidates as part of a strategic education and research partnership supported by the Australian Red Meat Industry. Australian meat processing industry has a strong commitment to innovation and sustainability; and is investing in education partnerships to i) attract outstanding new personnel to the industry – with skillsets that drive “positive change” and ii) promotes ongoing professional development and training for current employees.

PhD candidates will conduct research projects in the areas of water, waste and environment with a focus on next generation resource recovery technologies aiming to reduce the cost of waste management and/or produce value-add products from waste streams, example of potential project areas are attached. Candidates should have an undergraduate degree in Chemical or Environmental Engineering, B. Biotech (Hons), Microbiology (Hons) or other suitable applied science undergraduate degree.  Priority will be given to domestic applicants (Australian or NZ Citizen or permanent residents), and applicants are encouraged to make initial contact with the program leader Paul Jensen ( providing their CV and academic record.

Examples of Project Areas



Organisational Environment: 

The Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in innovative water technology and management. The Centre has established an outstanding worldwide reputation in urban water management and related fields. An award winning multidisciplinary team delivers practical technological solutions underpinned by fundamental scientific discoveries.

The Centre has six interlinked programs namely next generation urban water technologies, integrated urban water management, sewer corrosion and odour management, nexus of urban water, health and environment, resource efficient agri-industry and environmental biotechnology. Collaborative linkages with industry are strong. Solutions developed by the Centre have yielded quantifiable benefits in the order of hundreds of millions of dollars to the Australian water industry and other sectors. At the same time, the AWMC has an outstanding academic publication record, publishing on average over 100 papers a year in high quality journals including the most prestigious multidisciplinary journals including Nature and Science, and top discipline journals such as Water Research and Environmental Science and Technologies.

The AWMC has approximately 100 staff and students including 35 academic and research staff and more than 50 research students. The Centre has well-established process, microbiology and analytical labs. The direct collaboration with industry partners has also led to the creation of several field facilities including the Innovation Centre at Queensland Urban Utilities’ Luggage Point Sewage Treatment Plant, supporting technology demonstration at larger scales and under practical conditions.

The Centre recognises and values equity and diversity, and encourages applications from any individual who meets the requirements of this position irrespective of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, age or other protected attributes. The Centre strives to provide an inclusive working environment, and along with the University is committed to supporting staff with family and caring responsibilities by providing policies, programs and initiatives to help balance work and family responsibilities.