PhD Opportunities

Elucidating the nutritional requirements of farmed hybrid abalone

The Nutrition and Seafood Laboratory at Deakin University (NuSea.Lab) aims to positively contribute towards improved environmental sustainability, economic viability and social responsibility of the nutrition and seafood sectors. NuSea.Lab therefore provides innovative and timely research and development solutions for the nutrition and seafood sectors through novel ideas, rigorous testing and documentation of the achievable outcomes.

We have an exciting opportunity for high calibre PhD candidates to join our group to undertake a range research activities in the area of abalone nutrition. This fully funded Fisheries Research and Development Corporation project will work closely with the Australian Abalone Growers Association to develop an innovative range of aquafeeds that facilitate further industry growth under fluctuating environmental conditions. Eligible applicants will have a sound theoretical understanding of the key principles of aquaculture nutrition and demonstrated practical expertise in aquatic animal husbandry and the nutritional analysis of experimental samples (i.e. proximate composition analysis, fatty acid and amino acid analysis, digestibility determination, histology, Q-PCR etc). The successful candidate will need to be able to work both autonomously and as part of a team, and must have the capability of working within a commercial context.

Candidates with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Master of Science will be considered and a stipend of AU$27,082 per annum (non-taxable) will be offered over the 3 year duration of the project. Selection will follow a multi-step process with interested applicants encouraged to submit a complete Expression of Interest form plus a detailed curriculum vitae in the initial instance via the email listed below.

These positions will remain open until suitable candidates have been identified.

Dr David Francis
Deakin University
School of Life and Environmental Sciences,

Download expression of interest form