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ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC) Food Safety in Fresh Produce


The Centre consists of 21 Industry and Research Partners from Australia, New Zealand and the US. The Centre is offering nine (9) full time ARC ITTC Scholarships for applicants intending to commence in 2017. Projects are in the following research areas: microbial and protozoan contamination in soil and water, risk modelling, pre and postharvest sanitisers, pathogen management in storage and transport, identification of new indicator organisms and development of rapid diagnostics. Successful applicants will be expected to gain industry experience of up to 12 months through placement with industry partners.

A number of PhD scholarships are available through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC) for Food Safety in the Fresh produce Industry.


Professor Robyn McConchie.

Research location

Sydney Institute of Agriculture

Program type



The Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC) for Food Safety in the Fresh Produce Industry will commence at the University of Sydney in January 2017. The overarching purpose of the Centre is to conduct industry-focused research to develop practical solutions to prevent or minimise food safety risks in fresh produce across the value chain.  The Centre will create strong collaborations between food safety researchers, industry personnel and training organisations.  A key role of the Centre is to train the next generation of food safety scientists with expertise and industry background to support food safety research beyond the life of this project.

Additional information

This project is attached to several research supervisors

Applicants must have an unconditional offer of admission for full-time studies in a PhD within Agriculture and Environment at the University of Sydney, and be willing to undertake research in the field of food safety. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for enrolment in Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Sydney, including a high level of English language proficiency. The current requirement for IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band lower than 6.0). Applicants must also hold an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class upper) or a Master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component, or have 3-5 years of demonstrated research experience.

Amount awarded: Scholarships are awarded for up to a maximum of three and a half years, subject to the continued outstanding performance in research and to the availability of funds. Stipend is $31,298 pa

Application guide: Application Process - Applicants must first submit an Expression of Interest to Professor Robyn McConchie at
This should include:

  • a CV (with the names of two academic referees)
  • full academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • one page summary of relevant research and/or industry experience

Based on the Expression of Interested, pre-selected candidates will be notified and required to submit an application to the University online.

Closing date: 31 January 2018 at 11:59PM

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2146