PhD Scholarships in Advanced Food Technology Research

Seeking PhD students to work on food biopolymers for improving techno functionalities and value addition, plant-based food valorisation and comparing quality of plant-based and meat-based food products.

Emerging technologies offer promising potentials for producing biopolymers with novel functionalities. The aim of these projects is to study improving technofunctionalities of important food biopolymers using innovative technologies for valorisation.

Up to $31,000 per annum for three years with a possible extension of six months (full-time).

Two (2).

  • Excellent academic background in a relevant field including chemical engineering, polymer science, food science, food/nutrition and chemistry
  • Achieved first-class Honours or 2A Honours or equivalent or a Masters by Research or Masters with a research component of at least 25%
  • Relevant research experience and publication are highly desirable
  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an international student meeting the minimum English language requirements
  • Provide evidence of adequate oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
  • Meet RMIT’s entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy.

Potential candidates need to send the following documents to Associate Professor Asgar Farahnaky via

  • A cover letter (research statement)
  • A copy of electronic academic transcripts
  • A CV that includes any publications/awards and the contact details of two referees.

Applications are open now.

Applications will close once candidates are appointed.

For international applicants, evidence of English proficiency may be required.

Prospective candidates will be invited to submit a full application for admission.

Scholarship applications will only be successful if prospective candidates are provided with an offer for admission.

This scholarship will be governed by RMIT University's Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

For further inquiries, please contact Associate Professor Asgar Farahnaky via

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