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Phd Projects And Scholarship Opportunities At The Centre For Marine Bioproducts Development, Flinders University, Australia

Flinders University - Adelaide, SA

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The Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development (CMBD) is a cross-college research centre with members from the Flinders University’s College of Medicine and Public Health and College of Science and Engineering. It is the first facility and grouping of expertise of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Since 2007, the Centre operates through collaborations, partnership and networks with like-minded researchers and industry partners to progress regional and global blue bio-economies. The CMBD has been recognised as the leader in Australia driving education, innovation and commercialisation of marine bio-products and biotechnology by leading the marine biotechnology subcommittee in the National Marine Science Committee, the Australia-New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Society, and the Marine Bioproducts Cooperative Research Centre (MB-CRC).

The ocean contains unknown depths of new marine bioresources spawning innovations in food production, health and nutrition, and fuel and energy alternatives. We are diving deep and surfacing new marine bioproducts and the latest bioprocess technologies. We are conducting world-leading research on Australia’s marine bioresources – up to 95% of which are not found anywhere else in the world.

The CMBD develops novel marine bioproducts for sustainable and profitable seafood and functional foods, marine nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals, marine bioproducts and biomaterials, biomedicine and marine biofuels industries, and the advanced manufacturing processes to manufacture them in the circular economy context.

Our Mission is to lead the discovery, innovation and industry adoption of commercial bioprocesses and bioproduct based on Australia’s marine biodiversity to enhance the Australian marine biotechnology industry as a major contributor to the international Blue Bioeconomy.

And our research is as unique as the ocean life we are investigating. We are leading a new wave in marine biotechnology application, industry enhancement and environmental protection for sustainable industries of the future.

The CMBD conducts marine bioprocess, bioproducts and biotechnology research in conjunction with a wide range of disciplines including medicine, health and disease treatment and prevention, food sciences, agriculture, aquaculture, environmental protection and management, renewable energy and biotechnological engineering.

The breakthrough innovations at the CMBD rely on highly-motivated and leading researchers and engineers especially the next generation of Australian and international postgraduate (Honours, Masters and PhD) students. We welcome talent students to take the great opportunity to undertake research at the CMBD to make a difference and impact in the fast-growing 3rd generation of sustainable marine bioproducts industry.

To express your interest for the project areas below and find out more refer to apply for a higher degree by research.


PhD Applicants:
We reward the academic excellence, and encourage domestic and international applicants to apply for various scholarships from Flinders University, Australian government, their home countries and any other thrid party sources. The standard Australian PhD scholarship is currently valued at $28,597 (tax-free) per year for a duration of three years. The Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development will offer Top-up schaorlship of additional $5,000 per year to make it up to the value at $33,597 (tax-free) per year for those PhD applicants who have secured other schoalrships. For PhD students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance in their first year, the Top-up scholarship will be offered at $10,000 per year for year 2 and year 3 of their PhD candidature to make it up to the value at $38,597 (tax-free) per year.

The CMBD aslo offers research project-based scholarship at the standard rate for excellent PhD candidates, and we encourage you to contact us and apply anytime if you meet the eligibility and selection criteria in each project area.

Masters of Biotechnology Applicants:
Distilling expertise in the biological sciences and medicine, the biotechnology postgraduate program at Flinders is designed to provide you with advanced theoretical scientific knowledge and strong research training plus an understanding of industry and business issues required for modern biotechnology.

Flinders University is a pioneer in biotechnology education in Australia and places a strong emphasis on research training with a 10-month research project.

The CMBD will offer a scholarship of $5,000 per student for outstanding Masters of Biotechnology students who have gained a minimum GPA 6.0 (out of 7.0) and/or demonstrated academic excellence and research potential. These students will undertake their 10-month Masters research project under the supervision of HDR supervisors at the CMBD. Our staff run world-class research programs in a wide range of areas of biotechnology, including cancer and immunology research, biomaterials, bio-processing, plant disease resistance and biocontrol, enzyme applications, reproductive technology, therapeutic drug discovery, functional foods, bio-energy, water quality and marine biotechnology.

Biotechnology (Honours) Applicants:
The CMBD accepts applicants who will conduct their Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Biotechnology) degree in the core research areas of marine bioproducts, bioprocesses and biotechnology. The Honours year will compose of a 1-month intensive entrepreneurship topic in how to take biotechnology discoveries to the marketplace; and a 9-month research project focusing on a selected research topics under the supervision of HDR supervisors at the CMBD.

The CMBD will offer a scholarship of $5,000 per student for outstanding Honours applicants who have gained a minimum GPA 6.0 (out of 7.0) and/or demonstrated academic excellence and research potential.

- Applicants must meet all the entry criteria of Flinders university about qualification, english, and other related matters as described in details on the website at https://www.flinders.edu.au/study/apply/apply-research-degree/eligibility.
- Applicants must have a degree(s) or knowledge in the related fields such as biotechnology, biochemistry, chemical analysis, food science and technology, processing technologies, product and process development.
- Applicants should be familiarised with seafood smells and not allergic with marine biomass.
- PhD applicants must hold a master or honour degree with English writing competency and good academic references. Applicants should have ability to work independently or collaborate with other researchers in use of different technologies for extraction, purification, characterisation, and statistical analysis.

- Necessary documents should be submited for consideration including
+ A one-page cover letter of motivation outlining why you should be considered for this position.
+ An updated CV which should include details such as education, work experience, skills, dissertations, research interests, career objectives, names and contact details of two referees (at last one academic) who are willing to be contacted about your potential suitability for the position, and/or list of publications if any.
+ A transcript of your studies’ grades (barcholar, master) if available.
+ Proof of English language proficiency for non-native speakers e.g. IELTS, TOEFL iBT.
- Specifically, applicants for a PhD position should additionally submit the following documents
+ Two letter of recommendation, preferably from your Master's thesis supervisors or employers.
+ A research experience statement (maximum 2 pages) to summarise your university studies or courses where you undertook prior research. It should include your recent/relevant thesis title, word length and abstract and the proportion of research in the overall course. Publications relevant to proposed research and relevant research employment experience should be included, if any. This will be helpful for early discussion, allowing to explore opportunities, identifying potential supervisors, and providing suitable research resources.
+ A research outline (maximum 500 words) that defines the direction you want to take in the project.
- All documents in other languages, rather than English, should be translated and certified.
Applications should be sent by e-mail to Ms. Jane Keane
Email address: Jane.Keane@flinders.edu.au

Adelaide, SA

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