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CSIRO Industry PhD Scholarship: Elimination of flavours in precision fermentation

Date: 08-Nov-2022

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • Gain experience working with industry to solve real-world problems while you earn your PhD 
  • Develop transferable professional skills 
  • Get access to specialised expertise, equipment and training 


The CSIRO Industry PhD Scholarship (iPhD) Program is an industry-focused, applied research scholarship and training program that brings together an industry partner, the university and CSIRO. 

You will undertake a co-designed research project that will develop your ability to translate research into commercial outcomes.  

You will get real-world experience and access to specialised expertise, equipment and training.

Our graduates develop transferable professional skills and are well positioned to work at the cutting edge of industry focussed research.  


Scholarship details 

The Program includes:

  • admission to the university PhD program  
  • a four-year scholarship package of approx. $45,000 per annum  
  • a four-year Project Expense and Development package of up to $13,000 per annum  
  • an in-business component with an industry partner of at least 3 months 
  • professional development training to enhance your applied research skills  
  • supervision by CSIRO, the industry partner, and the university  


Project Title:  Identification and elimination of flavours from substrates and microbial specialised metabolites in precision fermentation of future foods 


Project Description:   Precision fermentation technology is delivering new ways to produce food and food ingredients uncoupled from traditional agricultural inputs (soil, rain, sunlight) and offers the promise of food production with reduced environmental impact, including the production of animal-free milk, cream, and cheese. However, humans have evolved an exceptional capacity to identify flavours and use that information to make decisions about consumption. Existing and emerging substrates for precision fermentation contain compounds with the potential to impact the organoleptic properties of animal-free dairy products, as do specialised metabolites produced by bacteria, yeast, and fungi during fermentation.  


This project will develop the analytical tools to identify flavour compounds in precision fermentation substrates and products, identify existing, emerging, and novel technologies to remove these compounds, and engineer microbial strains to eliminate the production of secondary metabolites that impact the taste of animal-free dairy ingredients and products.    


Project supervisors:   

    CSIRO supervisor:  Utpal Bose & James Broadbent  
    Business Unit: Agriculture & Food
    Research program: Livestock and Aquaculture 
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    University supervisor: Mark Harrison 
    Queensland University of Technology (QUT) 
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    Faculty: Faculty of Science 
    School: Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy


    Company name: Change Foods Pty Ltd 



  •     Primary location of the student: Queensland University of Technology (QUT) 
  •     In-business component with Industry partner: Change Foods facility, Brisbane 


Overview of who we are looking for 

The ideal student will have:

  •     A passion for research and innovation and a strong drive to contribute to the future of food production.  
  •     Subject matter knowledge of either analytical chemistry or microbial biotechnology is essential.  
  •     A willingness to develop high-level subject matter knowledge and technical skills in both areas is essential.  
  •     The ideal student has exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, coupled with a good understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with strategic basic and applied research with Change Foods.    


It is also desirable that the student has subject matter knowledge of food science.



To be eligible to apply you must:

  •     be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen 
  •     meet host university PhD admission requirements 
  •     meet university English language requirements 
  •     not have previously completed a PhD 
  •     be able to commence the program in the year of the offer 
  •     enrol as a full-time PhD student 


Applications will be assessed on:

  1. Experience relevant to the field of research, including any research experience
  2. Suitability for the project
  3. Academic excellence
  4. Motivation for undertaking an Industry PhD project


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 


Further information about the CSIRO Industry PhD Program can be found at:  


How to Apply:

Applicants should apply for this scholarship at the same time you apply for admission to QUT's Doctor of Philosophy.


For details on how to apply, please see the QUT website at QUT - Identification and elimination of flavours from substrates and microbial specialised metabolites in precision fermentation of future foods (PhD Scholarship) 


Applications close:   27 January 2023, 5:00pm AEDT