International PhD Positionsin Production of Valuable Chemicals from Gaseous Waste

  • PHD
  • $28,597 p.a.
  • 28 June 2021

Supervisors: Dr Bernardino Virdis, Dr Shihu Hu, Dr Esteban Marcellin

This project aims to develop innovative biotechnology to enable the conversion of waste carbon dioxide into industry-relevant liquid chemicals. The PhD projects will focus on development, operation, and characterization of pure and mixed culture fermentation systems at both bench and pilot scales. Training will be multidisciplinary, involving microbiology (molecular and -omics techniques), electrochemistry and material science, bioprocess design, control and optimization. The candidates will work across the Advanced Water Management Centre and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.

A working knowledge of chemical engineering would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

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To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

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$28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually.


To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

  • check your eligibility
  • prepare your documentation
  • contact Dr Bernardino Virdis ( to discuss your suitability for this scholarship

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘WASTE-VIRDIS’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.
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