PhD Opportunity: Improvement of Dairy Waste Management Technologies

Clayton, Australia
$26,288 per annum (tax-free stipend)
29 Sep 2016
End of advertisement period
21 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty/Portfolio: Faculty of Science

Location: Clayton campus

Remuneration: $26,288 per annum (tax-free stipend)

The successful applicant will be required to win an Australian Postgraduate Award or Monash Graduate Scholarship

Duration: Three years, full-time

This project will be conducted in collaboration with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport, and Resources (DEDJTR), Agriculture Victoria – Ellinbank. They will provide project support costs and external supervision.

The Opportunity

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 continuum of:

  • improved determination of excreta volumes and nutrient loads in non-productive areas (i.e. yards, holding areas)
  • greater capture of excreta nutrients from hard surfaces
  • improved handling/separation technologies (i.e. liquid vs slurry vs solids)
  • nutrient transformations and losses (gaseous and immobilisation) of components in storage

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 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

Candidate Requirements

The research team is looking for a highly qualified graduate with a background in Agricultural Science, Agricultural Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or Soil Science.

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

Strong analytical skills to conduct experiments and develop methods for manure management, nutrient capture pathways in soils, which may include hydrolytic, enzymic and microbially driven mechanisms. An understanding of nutrient cycles in soils is highly desirable.

  • 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

Applications and further information

To submit an expression of interest application, please email the following documents to as PDF attachments:

  • Cover letter (1 x A4 page maximum)
  • CV
  • Copy of academic transcripts (university level qualifications)
  • IELTS/TOEFL English test results (if applicable or available)

Shortlisted applications will be invited to apply for a Monash University APA or Monash Graduate Scholarship.

Closing date

Friday 21 October 2016, 5:00pm ADST