Scholarship Opportunities - ARC Hub for PALS

x11 PhD Scholarship Opportunities - ARC Hub for Processing Advanced Lignocellulosic (PALS)

Job No.: 611135

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full time

Duration: 3-year fixed term appointment

Remuneration: Monash Graduate Scholarship stipend rates apply $29,000 per year (tax-free) 


The Opportunity - transform the Australian Bioresource Industry!

Are you ready to be part of a team of passionate, innovative and progressive researchers, academics and industry partners to transform the Australian Bioresource Industry

We have 11 fully-funded PhD positions available at Monash University’s leading Bioresource Processing Research Institute of Australia – BioPRIA.  As part of the second cohort of the industry-focused ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub for Processing Advanced Lignocellulosics (ITRH-PALS) you will develop functional materials and high value sustainable biomass-based products with the potential to displace existing technologies and transform the manufacturing industry.

About us

PALS is an industry-focused ARC research transformation Hub which aims to convert renewable biomass and waste streams from the Australian Pulp, Paper and Forestry Industry into high-value products in existing and developing markets. PALS will leverage world-leading Australian and international research capabilities in chemistry, materials science, and chemical engineering to create bio-based materials and chemicals leading to new companies and jobs in an emerging Australian bio-economy.

This research will identify new applications and products derived from lignocellulose and will feed the pharmaceutical, chemicals, plastics and food packaging industries. PALS PhD candidates will benefit from interdisciplinary research, and develop professional skills and networks with Universities and industry.

PhD projects:

  1. NSSC/Kraft Lignin as building block for value chemicals and polymers
  2. Engineering paper and cellulosic materials for biomedical applications
  3. Lignocellulosic fibres for sustainable agriculture
  4. Processing recycled fibres into high value products
  5. Functional paper packaging (2 projects)
  6. Paper as a performant construction material
  7. New functional molecules from lignocellulose for advanced applications
  8. Hemicellulose as a chemical intermediate
  9. Engineering nano/micro-cellulose fibre and production processes
  10. Surface engineering of nanocellulose and nanoparticles for applications

Your journey

PALS PhD candidates will benefit from interdisciplinary research, and develop professional skills and networks with Universities and industry. Each PALS PhD project will link with the Australian Bioresource industry. Industrial partners include: Visy, Norske Skog, Opal, and the Government of Tasmania. Our industry partners are actively engaged and involved in the projects, advising and providing valuable feedback. You will visit industrial sites and will be offered industrial training opportunities beyond the scope of a typical PhD program.

Monash University is the largest university in Australia and ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide. Monash has six globally networked campuses and international alliances in Europe and Asia. The applicant will be based at the Clayton campus in Melbourne.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have a background in either Chemical Engineering, Material Engineering, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Physics or similar. Applicants must have a relevant Honours/Master’s degree at a high level (H1 or First-Class Honours degree).

To submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) application, please submit the following document as a single PDF

  • Cover letter including a brief statement of up to two (2) project preference(s) and your suitability
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of certified documentation
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (international applicants only) such as TOEFL or IELTS
  • Contact details of two academic referees

Applicants with a proven track record for generating high quality research outputs (e.g. patents, journal publications) will be favourably considered.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed electronically. The interviews will be conducted in English.

Closing date 

Applications will be accepted until the project has been filled by a suitable candidate.

14/09/2020 $0 Bayside & South Eastern Suburbs 1 Engineering
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