The University of Adelaide and CSIRO have now launched an elite industry-focused research training PhD Program with the first students starting in early 2019.

Our 4 year Industry PhD Program includes a minimum six month industry placement offering you an enhanced opportunity to work in an industry-defined research area with support and supervision through a partnership between the University of Adelaide, CSIRO, and an Industry Partner.

In addition, you will have the opportunity, along with your supervisory team, to engage in training and professional development activities. By building your abilities, skills, understanding, and encouraging professional growth, the iPhD will prepare you to hit the ground running after completion.

Three of the six currently available projects are based at the Waite campus:

  • Increasing nitrogen use efficiency with micronutrient coatings for urea fertiliser.
    Project partners: University of Adelaide Faculty of Sciences, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, and Incitec Pivot Fertilisers. This 4 year PhD project will involve exploring mechanisms for modifying the reactions of N fertilisers in soil for enhanced N use efficiency. The student would be Waite based, with 60% in University office/labs and 40% in CSIRO office/ labs. There will also be international travel (Kansas State University).
  • Rootstock effects on grape rachis (bunch-stem) composition and the implications for red wine flavour and aroma.
    Project partners: University of Adelaide Faculty of Sciences, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, and Treasury Wine Estates (TWE). This work seeks to understand how wine composition is determined by the apparent effect of rootstock and its influence on rachis composition in the scion. The student will investigate the mechanism for this phenomenon, examining several variables associated with the accumulation of compounds in the rachis, including scion/rootstock combinations and regional effects.
  • Identification, characterisation and exploitation of bioactive compounds from plant biomass.
    Project partners: University of Adelaide Faculty of Sciences, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, and Agilent Technologies Australia Pty Ltd. Gene discovery will be combined with biochemical characterisation of the corresponding metabolic pathways and bioanalysis of bioactives. This iPhD project is at the interface of fundamental and translational research and addresses important industry priorities.

Applications are now open. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, 31 October 2018.

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