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PhD and Masters by Research opportunities 

We are currently filling the positions below, if you are interested then please contact FFW CRC ENGAGE Program Coordinator Alex Guest. Successful applicants will need to have demonstrated research experience through the completion of a first-class Honours degree, or research-based Masters in a relevant academic area. Academic publications will be highly regarded. 

Desired criteria 

  • A passionate believer in the value of applied, industry-focussed collaborative research 
  • A self-starter that can work autonomously 
  • Experienced within the area of the selected topic 
  • Able to translate research into publications 
  • Strong time management skills. 

Your submission must include

  • copy of student CV, academic transcript, Australian citizenship status 
  • one-page summary addressing the topic(s) the student is interested in, how she/he meets the desired criteria and preference for PhD or Masters, full-time or part-time study. 

You can also download this list of available opportunities

Program

REDUCE

Topic

The business choices and decisions made when Food Loss Waste (FLW) data becomes visible. The quantification, through life cycle assessment (LCA), of packaging, processing, cold chain and other supply chain opportunities that reduce food waste or its valorisation is an important input into business decision making. This student project will compile LCA data on relevant scenarios. 

Program

REDUCE

Topic

LCA supply chain opportunities to reduce food waste. As decision support tools, like DIRECT, are taken up by business and government, FLW data will become more visible. Understanding the choices and decisions that are made when data is visible will be critical if the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 is to be realised. This research will investigate what choices and decisions organisations have made when this data is assembled. 

Program

REDUCE

Topic

More topics to follow.

Program

TRANSFORM

Topic

Rapid protocols transform food waste into novel products. Development of rapid protocols for Australian businesses within the food supply and production chain to identify novel products from the unavoidable food waste generated within their business. This project will consider the wide range of food waste available and consider factors including financial, operational, and environmental for both the businesses and food waste outcomes. 

Program

TRANSFORM

Topic

Policy, regulation and legislation barriers, opportunities and recommendations to maximise utilisation of food waste and food by-products. Understanding policy, legislation and regulatory barriers to high-value utilisation of food waste across the food production and supply chains. Result of RHD research would be a final review of future risks and barriers to utilisation of food waste and recommended policy, legislation and regulation adjustments. 

Program

TRANSFORM

Topic

Regional food waste technology gaps and future technology requirements. Analysis will be undertaken of the food waste generation in Australian regions, as well as suitable and potential future technologies to managing and processing food waste across Australia. Technology gaps and needs will be identified, including consideration of potential operational benefits and detriments. 

Program

ENGAGE

Topic

Reducing food waste with social media. Social media has changed the world – it has changed how we access information, and how we communicate with each other. Social media is used in campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of reducing food waste. However, we don’t know the real impact on food waste reduction beyond the swipe or the click.

Program

ENGAGE

Topic

Using voluntary commitments to reduce food waste. A new voluntary commitment program with the agri-food sector to reduce food waste is anticipated in late 2020. This project will work with Australian stakeholders on how industry awareness-raising and behaviour change campaigns can reduce food waste. A key component of this project will be to synthesise the impact of international voluntary commitment programs. 

Program

ENGAGE

Topic

Multi-metric reporting of food waste to improve social licence to operate. Food businesses need to agree a common framework and associated reporting for the anticipated National Food Waste Strategy voluntary commitment program. The research will focus on contributing to the industry challenge in the early phase whilst efforts in the remaining period will contribute to the research and policy community. 

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 our industry partners.