Production of valuable chemicals from gaseous waste

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

This project aims at developing innovative biotechnology to enable the conversion of waste carbon dioxide into industry-relevant liquid chemicals. The PhD project will focus on development, operation, characterization, and optimization 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 candidate will work across the Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Dr Bernardino Virdis

Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of mixed and pure culture fermentations would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of chemical engineering and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of mixed and pure culture fermentation, gas fermentation and omic techniques is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2023. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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