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
    UofA Supervisor(s):
Prof Vincent Bulone

Application instructions

To apply for the Industry PhD program, you need to apply for Admission and Scholarship using the University of Adelaide’s online application form.

Apply now

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, 31 October 2018.

  • Please review the generic process for submitting an application.
  • In addition you will need to submit an additional information form for each project that you want to apply for.
  • Specific notes on completing the online application form sections “Study Preference” and “Research Interests” are outlined below.

Study preferences

Add a Study Preference
Step 1-4:
Study type: Doctor of Philosophy
Award: Doctor of Philosophy in (relevant study area)
School: As per the Industry project outline
Research Area: Choose from available drop down menu
Study Conditions
Proposed study load: Full Time
Proposed attendance mode: Internal
Proposed start date: Between 1/1/19 and 31/3/19 as agreed with supervisor

Research interests

Please list the titles of the projects for which you wish to apply. For exact titles, please refer back to the Adelaide CSIRO Industry PhD.

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


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