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Masters by Research in techno-economic analysis of food waste for pig feed

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Job Listing Date
12 Jan 2021
Work Type
Full Time
Education & Training, Research & Fellowships

This unique research project will see you working alongside the Australian pork industry. This project is part of the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (, a $120 million, 10 year, Australia wide, whole of value chain industry-led research collaboration.

The student will be part of a broader national “Food Waste to Pig Feed – Safe and Bio-secure” project lead by the South Australian Research and Development Institute. This project will investigate the food safety, biosecurity risks and economic feasibility of converting food waste into pig feed. Pig feed currently accounts for 58% of pork production costs in Australia and approximately 60-80% of pig diets contain wheat and other grains. Currently only 10-20% of Australian herds are accessing manufacturing waste. According to the National Food Waste Baseline, Australians generate 7.3 million tonnes per annum of food waste of which 60% is avoidable and could be directed to food rescue and animal feed. In Japan the Ecofeed (animal feed made from recycled food waste scraps and leftovers) industry has been successfully and safely producing nutritious feed for pigs from surplus food for over 15 years and is a global pioneer in this field, currently recycling 52% of food industry surplus into animal feed.

The role of the Masters by Research student will be to undertake techno-economic analysis of utilising food waste (primary production, manufacturing, retail and hospitality/institutional waste streams) for pig feed in key Australian regional areas. The analysis will provide greater understanding of the cost barriers for adopting new feed supplies and identify the cost barriers for entry. The Australian supply chain and pork industry requirements will be identified. Waste volumes, locations and seasonality will be mapped. Available infrastructure which could be utilised (i.e. feed mills, rendering plants etc.) for processing of food waste, and other infrastructure, such as, refrigeration and dewatering which may be required will be identified. This will be done in collaboration with the project research team and University of Adelaide partner.

Application process

Expressions of interest should be submitted to Dr Valeria Torok ( by close of business 11 February 2021. Please ensure you include all of the following documents:

•          Evidence of Australian or New Zealand citizenship, or Australian permanent resident status, if applicable

•          Degree certificates

•          Academic transcripts

•          Translations of non-English documentation

•          Evidence of English language proficiency

•          Curriculum vitae

•          Cover letter summarising your fit for the position

To be shortlisted you should have an undergraduate (overall GPA of 6 or above) or honours qualification in Chemical Engineering or equivalent. A high-quality student is sought with expertise in Process (Systems) Engineering, Process Design Modelling (Aspen), Environmental Engineering and Supply Chain Management (desirable) and Cost Analysis (highly desirable). In addition, you will need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, have excellent written skills and will be required to and should be comfortable engaging with industry stakeholders.

Note: only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The successful applicant will be required to live in Adelaide and undertake a two-year full-time program. The successful applicant will be invited to submit a formal application for admission into the University of Adelaide, Masters by Research program and will receive a tax-free stipend of $28,500 per annum.

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