PHD Candidate - Life Sciences

Brisbane, Australia
03 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
29 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences is one of the largest agricultural schools in Australia, comprising research and teaching experts in agribusiness, animals and wildlife, environment, plants and soil, and food and nutrition. The School offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and research degrees encompassing those disciplines ranging from Bachelor to Doctorate. Situated at St Lucia and Gatton within the Faculty of Science, the School is a large and dynamic multidisciplinary hub with farm, pasture and laboratory facilities, and an established reputation for excellence and commitment to finding innovative and technology focussed solutions to global challenges. UQ is ranked amongst the top two universities in Australia and one of the top 20 universities in the world for agriculture. (QS World University Rankings by subject 2015 Agriculture and Forestry).

The Role

PhD scholarship is available within the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences in encapsulation area. This is one of the core research activities under “Australia-China Joint Research Centre in Future Dairy Manufacturing”, a joint research program between Monash University, University of Queensland, Soocho University (China) and several industry partners from China and Australia. 

The successful applicant will join this research program developing a thermally stable encapsulation system for probiotics. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to gain experience in food material properties and process engineering, and work in an interdisciplinary team that includes food academics, PostDocs and PhD scholars.

The Person

The candidate will have a 1st Class Honours /Masters (with 25% research component) degree or equivalent in Food Science/Technology. Undergraduate training in food technology is essential. Additional background experience in food engineering while not essential would be advantageous.

Domestic and international applicants are welcome to apply. Proposed start date of January 2018.

 Mandatory requirements for applicants:

  1. Applicants must hold, or be awarded by 31st Dec 2017, a 1st Class Honours degree or Masters Degree (or equivalent) in Food Science/ Technology.
  2. Applicants must meet the University of Queensland's requirements for entry to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program, including English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements, detailed at


The stipend is equivalent to the RTP rate, $26,682 per annum, (2017 rate, indexed annually). RTP scholarship holders may also receive $8,000 top-up per year. The scholarship will be for three (3) years with the possibility of a six (6)-month extension and is subject to the UQ Research Scholarship General Conditions.


Applications and enquiries about the project details can be directed to Prof Bhesh Bhandari   

Specific questions on eligibility for admission to the PhD program should be addressed to the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences RHD Coordinator, email:

To apply for EOI please DO NOT use the Apply button below.

Please email Prof Bhesh Bhandari and supply the following documentation: Cover letter, Complete Tertiary Academic Records (with grades/GPA scores, and official grading scale details), and detailed Academic Resume/CV.

Expression of Interest Closing Dates

Please note the different EOI closing dates below for international and domestic candidates leading up to the UQ Graduate School research higher degree application and scholarship round timelines as advertised on their website: