Applications for this PhD have now closed.
Location Monash University, Chemical Engineering
App. deadline 30/09/2017
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Grape-derived antioxidants


This project will explore opportunities presented by naturally occurring antioxidants from grapes and wine in collaboration with an industry-leading global wine company. The project will involve critical review of health data covering antioxidants and their efficacy in humans and animal models, identify the latest discoveries and determine evidence of benefits. The aim will be to identify areas of opportunity for association with a regular consumption of a level of antioxidants and how they may be delivered. In particular, the candidate will consider the advantages and challenges of antioxidant-enriched beverages as a means of achieving a daily intake. Depending on the outcome of review, the project may then progress to development of extractive techniques from grapes and vines, processing and formulation of antioxidants in beverages.


Scholarship: Equivalent to the RTP Stipend (previously known as Australian Postgraduate Award) 2017 rate A$ 26,682 pa full time pro-rata. Applications from exceptional candidates may be granted additional support for international tuition fees.

International students will have their compulsory overseas student health cover (OSHC) paid for (individual student only).

Professional Development: The candidate may be provided with an industry internship opportunity (3 – 6 months), industry training programs, and professional development workshops during the course of their PhD program.

Integral to your PhD, you will:

  • Undertake training in both advanced technical and other topics through Monash and industry partners.
  • Work with an experienced team focusing on innovation and sustainability for the agricultural and nutrition sectors
  • Potentially spend some of your time with the industry partner’s organisation as part of the project
  • Be mentored by industry partner experts


  • Associate Professor Victoria Haritos (Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering)
  • Dr Tom Karagiannis (Department of Diabetes, Faculty of Medicine)


Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University and demonstrate excellent research capability. Details of the relevant requirements are available at

The research team is looking for an exceptional graduate ideally having a biomedical science and chemical engineering or chemistry double degree background. An Honours or Masters degree with H1 or equivalent is essential. Applicants with experience in critically reviewing biomedical literature and interpreting laboratory and clinical studies are encouraged to apply especially where they also have practical experience in natural product research or analysis.

Other criteria:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Ability to plan, organise, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Evidence of data analysis and interpretation skills is essential and experience with statistical analysis is desirable
  • Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements which include English-language skills.

The successful scholarship holder must be enrolled full-time and on-campus. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.

Note: applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

Please complete an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST form to be considered for this project.

Please note: In accordance with which Regulation 24 of the Monash University (Vice-Chancellor) Regulations, intellectual property created by a student from a collaborative research activity must be assigned to the University. Depending upon the agreement between the University and its GRIP industry partner/s, this may mean that the intellectual property arising from the project is owned by or licensed to those industry partner/s.



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Further Information / Application Enquiries

A/Prof Victoria Haritos