PhD Scholarship - Wattleseeds, From Australian Native Plant to Functional Food

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full time, fixed term position at our Hawthorn campus

About the Opportunity
In partnership with Cassinia Environmental, the scope of this research project is to explore the potential of wattleseed from selected Acacia species as a source of functional food with significant health benefits, promote food diversification and environmental sustainability. It’s impact would extend beyond academia, informing the food industry and policy makers about the potential food and environmental applications of wattleseeds. 

The project has the potential to create economic and social opportunities for Indigenous communities which could be explored with the right candidate, contribute to sustainable agriculture practices, and open new markets for wattleseed products. Overall, this research will contribute to the development of innovative food products with benefits for human health and the environment.

About you 
To be successful in the role, you will have:
  • Bachelor with Honours or Masters in food science, biochemistry, nutrition, or a related field.
  • Strong research skills, familiarity with analytical techniques and knowledge of statistics.
  • Be able to work independently and communicate effectively with industry partners and stakeholders.
  • Experience in sensory analysis and food product development.
  • Familiarity with sustainable agriculture practices.
  • Willingness to learn about Indigenous foods. 

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description. 

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

How to apply and further information
Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing why you believe you are suitable for this position.  

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on  

Applications Close: Thursday 30 November 2023, 11pm

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Equity and Diversity 
Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

For any support please contact or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

(Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position)

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