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Location Monash University, School of Chemistry
App. deadline 21/10/2017
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Australian and New Zealand residents

PhD Opportunity with Monash University on an Agriculture Victoria (DEDJTR) Sponsored project

A unique, exciting opportunity exists for an exceptionally talented candidate interested in undertaking a PhD at Monash University, working on a joint project with senior scientists from Agriculture Victoria – based at Ellinbank. This is the home for the National Centre for Dairy Research and Development.

This project will be a component of a broader project that aims to improve manure management of larger scale Australian dairy farms through the development of improved technologies that provide greater capture and reuse of excreted nutrients and a reduction of nutrient emissions and odour generation. Research activities will focus on the use of anaerobic digestion as an option for dairy manure management. In particular, the project will examine: i) composition of the residue from anaerobic digestion with different manure feedstocks as well as blends with other biomass, ii) nutrient recovery options from digester residues, iii) options for on-farm use of the residues and effects on soil health and plant growth

The project academic supervisors will be Associate Professor Tony Patti (School of Chemistry) and Dr Vanessa Wong (School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment) from Monash University  working with Dr Sharon Aarons, Dr Cameron Gourley and other senior scientists from Agriculture Victoria.

Integral to your PhD you will:

  • Undertake training in both advanced technical and other topics through Monash and Agriculture Victoria.
  • Work with an experienced team focusing on innovation and sustainability for the agricultural sector
  • Spend some of your time at Ellinbank as part of the project

The research team is looking for a highly qualified graduate with a background in Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology or Agricultural Engineering. Advanced studies in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Soil Science are desirable.

An Honours or Masters degree with H1 or equivalent is essential.

Desirable skills and experience include: strong analytical chemistry skills, experience with experiments using a bioreactor or fermenter, methods for nutrient recovery from complex organic matter, experience with microbially/enzyme driven transformations, understanding of nutrient cycles in soils.

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. 

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Further Information / Application Enquiries

A/Prof Antonio Patti
+61 (0) 3 9905 1620