Engineering encapsulation technology for animal feed manufacture - PhD scholarship


Enrolment status New students, Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum tax free (2020 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Opening date 15 August 2019
Closing date 23 September 2019

Scholarship description

The aim of this project is to develop new technologies for the manufacture of enzyme-based animal feed supplements based on microencapsulation The project will establish the links between microencapsulation process and the structure of the microparticles, enzymes' activity, thermostability and their release kinetics. In this project, the candidate will work closely with the industry partner Bioproton Pty Ltd to establish a manufacturing platform to take biotechnology products from laboratory to animal feed industry applications.

Bioproton is Queensland based developer, manufacturer and exporter of advanced feed additives.  Our main products are enzyme, probiotic feed additives and biosurfactants that improve live-stock feed digestion, resulting in an improved nutrient uptake form feed which in turn leads to a combination of healthier animals, lower environmental impact and reduced feed costs.  With the ultimate outcome is that meat, eggs or milk are produced that is safe, higher quality and delivered at a lower costs to an ever-increasing number of consumers globally.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you apply

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them before applying.

How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will be given the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Prior to applying, check your eligibility and prepare your documentation.

You should also contact  Associate Professor Chun-Xia Zhao ( to discuss your suitability for this scholarship prior to submitting an application.

Please ensure that you

  1. select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'
  2. enter in the free-text field ‘CXZ’
  3. list the enrolling unit as the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
  4. enter Associate Professor Chun-Xia Zhao as your supervisor

Selection criteria



  • Honours or Masters degree in Bioprocess, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials and Process Engineering.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge in protein/enzyme production process.
  • Laboratory skills of analytical chromatography such as HPLC, GC and AKTA.
  • Ability to design, manage and perform multitask to a successful result.
  • Demonstrated ability in report writing, record keeping, and oral presentation of research results.


  • Knowledge of enzyme kinetics and enzymatic colorimetric assay.
  • Knowledge of coating and encapsulation technology.



  • Experience in participating and/or managing research project. Proven ability of planning, tracking and reporting.


  • Relevant experience in GLP/GMP lab facility/production area.
  • Experience in feed additive, food or pharmaceutical industry.

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to work with collaboratively with colleagues from different disciplines as well as to work with limited supervision as appropriate.
  • Excellent time management and demonstrated ability to work within deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
Applications are closed.


Associate Professor Chun-Xia Zhao
+61 7 3346 4264
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.