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Sensor Design for Food Safety and Quality and Traceability

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Future food packaging will not be limited to containing a product. Rather, it will play a pivotal role in providing information about the authenticity, quality, and history of the packaged food. This interdisciplinary project aims to design sensors that are necessary for monitoring food quality. Incorporating sensors into packaging will offer new opportunities to reduce food waste, improve efficiency, and prevent food-related illnesses. The overarching goal of this project is to design sensors that can be used for the detection of markers from food deterioration and bacterial contamination to vastly improve the efficiency, sustainability and informatics of the whole food supply chain. A significant part of the project will be the design, development of active- intelligent- highly sensitive and selective integrated biosensors.

Project eligibility:


• Applicants must hold degree in Physics or Chemical Engineering or Bioengineering or Chemistry.
• A demonstrated knowledge of material engineering, polymer chemistry, nanotechnology and biophysics.
• Experience with the fabrication of plastic opto-electronic materials.
• An ability to work both independently and collaboratively across different research disciplines and industry.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with high levels of competency in both written and spoken English.

Centre for Advanced Food Enginomics


The Centre of Advanced Food Enginomics (CAFE) aims to meet the food and health challenges of the 21st century by creating and delivering nutritious and wholesome processed foods to improve human well-being.
CAFE comprises a cross-disciplinary cluster of high-profile researchers using the state-of-art facilities and equipment located within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.

Funding Notes

The scholarship will provide an annual stipend of $35,000 (indexed on January 1 each year), subject to satisfactory academic performance. The recipient may apply for an extension of up to six months.

Tuition fees are included for an outstanding international applicant for up to 12 research periods (3 years) and satisfactory academic performance. The recipient may apply for an extension of up to two research periods (approx. 6 months).

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