Agilent Technologies Australia

Agilent Technologies Australia

Project name

Identification, characterisation and exploitation of bioactive compounds from plant biomass.

Project description

Professor Bulone at the University of Adelaide and Dr. Koltunow at CSIRO have identified genes that promote cell differentiation towards plant seed development. Similar approaches will be used to identify genes involved in the biosynthesis of bioactive compounds from various crops. Gene discovery will be combined with biochemical characterisation of the corresponding metabolic pathways and bioanalysis of bioactives. The knowledge gained will be exploited for the conversion of agricultural waste into products with added value. UoA and Agilent have established Adelaide Glycomics as a new analytical platform to support R&D activities in several of their priority areas, including the discovery of new biomolecules through multiomics, and their application. This iPhD project is at the interface of fundamental and translational research and addresses important industry priorities. The iPhD candidate will have flexible employment opportunities in academia and industry as their discoveries should benefit fundamental knowledge and facilitate new industrial applications.

The project offers the successful candidate part-time training in Agilent facilities. Appropriate national (Melbourne) and/or international facilities (e.g., Singapore, Penang, Santa Clara) that provide the best alignment for the project, stakeholder and the student will be considered.

Ideal candidate

  • A science degree and preferably honours.
  • Undergraduate coursework with supporting practical expertise in combination with one or more of the following disciplines and areas are preferred, including molecular biology, bioinformatics, plant sciences, structural biochemistry, metabolism, and analytical biochemistry.

Desirable prerequisites

  • Theoretical and practical working knowledge with analytical instruments including liquid chromatography and gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (e.g., LC/QTOF; LC/QQQ; GC/MS).

Preferred candidates

  • Strong consideration will be given to highly motivated candidates with excellent track records, diversity in experience with analytical procedures and interest in delivery of outcomes.

Candidates with science degrees and employment expertise working with separation of complex biological molecule mixtures and components in medical and technical analytical laboratories are also encouraged to apply.


This is a multidisciplinary project conducted at the Waite campus, Adelaide where the candidate will work collaboratively with CSIRO, University of Adelaide and Agilent in their shared facilities.


The placement with Agilent will involve some interstate and overseas travel.


CSIRO Partner Industry Partner University of Adelaide Partner
Business Unit:
Agriculture and Food
Agilent Technologies Australia Pty Ltd
Faculty of Sciences
Research Program:
Breakthrough Genetic Technologies: Asexual Seed Formation
  School or Centre:
Agriculture, Food and Wine; Adelaide Glycomics
CSIRO Supervisor:
Anna Koltunow
  UofA Supervisor(s):
Prof Vincent Bulone

Application instructions

Please read all instructions carefully.

To apply for the Industry PhD program, you need to apply for Admission Only using the University of Adelaide’s online application form. Within the online application form you may be presented with 3 types of applications to select from. Please select “Admission Only”. You will be instructed below how to indicate your CSIRO project selection

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Applications are now open.

  • Applications will be accepted up to 30 April 2019 or until the position is filled.
  • Please refer to our guide on submitting an application.
  • In addition you will need to submit an “Additional Information” form for each project that you want to apply for. Once complete it must be emailed as a PDF document to
  • Specific notes on completing the online application form sections “Study Preference” and “Research Interests” are outlined below.

Study preferences - Agilent Technologies Australia

Add a Study Preference
Step 1-4:
Study type: Doctor of Philosophy
Award: Doctor of Philosophy in Sciences
School: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Research Area: Plant Physiology
Study Conditions
Proposed study load: Full Time
Proposed attendance mode: Internal
Proposed start date: Between 1/2/2019 and 15/7/19 as agreed with supervisor

Research interests

Please provide a brief statement of your research interests:

At the beginning of this free text field, list each project title for which you would like to be considered:

  • Agilent Technologies Australia: Identification, characterisation and exploitation of bioactive compounds from plant biomass.
  • Incitec Pivot Fertilisers: Increasing nitrogen use efficiency with micronutrient coatings for urea fertiliser.
  • Rio Tinto: Managing groundwater in complex mining landscapes using advanced dating techniques.
  • Andromeda Metals Limited: High Performance Solid-State Li-ion Battery based on Halloysite Additives for Next Generation Energy Storage Applications.

NOTE: A separate “Additional Information” form must be completed for each project you wish to be considered for. These forms must be emailed in PDF format to immediately after you have submitted your application for Admission.

Research interests: Proposed supervisor:

If you have indicated more than one CSIRO project, please include relevant supervisor name/s:

  • Agilent Technologies Australia: Professor Vincent Bulone.
  • Incitec Pivot Fertilisers: Dr Ron Smernik/Prof Ganga Hettiarachchi.
  • Rio Tinto: Professor Andre Luiten/Dr Phil Light.
  • Andromeda Metals Limited: Dr Deepak P Dubal.

Continue completing all other sections of the online application form and upload all required documents.


  • Completed your “Admission Only” online application form.
  • Included CSIRO Project Title/s and Proposed Supervisor/s in the Research Interests field of your application.
  • Uploaded all other required documentation and submitted your online application.
  • Filled out the Additional Information form/s for each project you wish to be considered for.
  • Emailed PDF versions of your completed Additional Information form/s to

General information on your application

  • Once submitted, your application will be reviewed to determine your eligibility to be admitted to the PhD Program.
  • Applicants due to complete their undergraduate or honours programs in Semester 1 are eligible to apply, however, any offer would be conditional on successful completion of the degree.
  • Your eligibility to be considered for the Industry PhD program of your choice will be reviewed.
  • If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be contacted for a formal interview by CSIRO and the University.
  • You will be notified of the outcome of your application following the interview.
  • If your application is unsuccessful, your online application for Admission will be closed.
  • Should you wish to apply for a PhD program unrelated to the CSIRO Industry PhD program, you will need to submit a separate new application for Admission and Scholarship during one of the 2 rounds held each year. The Mid-Year Round opens early April and closes 30 May, while the Major Round opens 1 September and closes 31 October.


If you require assistance with the online application process please contact:

Adelaide Graduate Centre Senior Scholarships Officers
Phone: +61 8 8313 3044

For any other enquiries about the CSIRO Industry PhD Program please contact:
HDR Industry Enquiries
Tel: +61 8 8313 9127
Free-call: 1800 061 459