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PhD research opportunities in the
Fight Food Waste CRC

The Fight Food Waste CRC has a range of opportunities for students interested in being part of this $121 million, 10 year, Australia wide, whole of value chain industry-led research collaboration.

PhD research projects are available in the three focal areas of the Fight Food Waste CRC REDUCING food waste, TRANSFORMING unavoidable food waste into valuable products, and ENGAGING with industry and consumers to change their behaviour.

Students will receive a generous stipend, enhance their career prospects by participating in bespoke career mentoring activities as well as undertaking a business focussed graduate certificate.

Topics for student projects available to start from early 2019 are:

Topic

Integrating save food packaging design criteria into NPD processes

Course, University and Industry Partner

PhD at RMIT University, Australian Institute of Packaging

Topic

Consumer perceptions of the role of packaging in reducing food waste

Course, University and Industry Partner

PhD at RMIT University, Sustainability Victoria and Woolworths

Topic

Integrating decision support tools into organisations for food waste strategies.

Course, University and Industry Partner

PhD at RMIT University, Empauer.

Topic

Waste-to-Energy: Fuelling sustainable wastewater treatment with food waste

Course, University and Industry Partner

PhD at University of Queensland, Queensland Urban Utilities.

Paul Jensen

Topic

Techno-economic modelling of food waste transformation.

Course, University and Industry Partner

PhD at University of Queensland, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Joe Lane

Topic

Consumer food waste prevention: Identification of effective behaviour change interventions.

Course, University and Industry Partner

PhD at Central Queensland University Sydney campus, Woolworths.

David Pearson

Topic

Enhancing engagement from volunteers in food rescue organisations.

Course, University and Industry Partner

PhD at Central Queensland University Sydney campus, Foodbank.

Upamali Amarakoon

Topic

Improving the awareness and impact of food rescue through collection and reporting of data.

Course, University and Industry Partner

PhD at Central Queensland University Sydney campus, Foodbank.

Upamali Amarakoon

Topic

Biomass characterization and adding value to waste biomass.

Course, University and Industry Partner

PhD at University of Adelaide, Potato Industry.

Topic

Torrefaction process for the production of liquid chemicals and biochar from food waste.

Course, University and Industry Partner

PhD at University of Adelaide, Peats Soils.

Topic

Alternatives to SO2 in abalone.

Course, University and Industry Partner

PhD at University of Adelaide, Abalone Council of Australia.

Stephen Pahl

If you are interested, please email the contact person listed.

Successful PhD students will undertake a four year program and receive a total tax free stipend of $35,000 per annum (comprising a scholarship from the host university, such as a University of Australian Postgraduate Award, with a top up from the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre). To receive the University scholarship, applicants will generally need a First-Class Honours degree or Masters level qualification.

Details of each research project will be developed together with the identified industry partner. Further, not all projects are guaranteed to commence in 2019.