ARC Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products

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Welcome to the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products

The Australian food industry, and the fresh produce sector in particular, offers enormous opportunities for growth and diversification through development of innovative new products that are convenient, affordable, healthy and, of course, safe.

The Training Centre will develop innovative, 'industry-savvy' researchers who will contribute to the development of the fresh produce sector through new products with improved shelf life and sensory quality.  A suite of horticulture, food science, market analysis projects relevant to the horticultural supply chains of Woolworths supermarket will be undertaken. Researcher training, integrating formal course-work and workplace-integrated learning, with traditional  project-based research, will deliver research professionals who understand food product innovation and have a trans-disciplinary approach to delivering products that satisfy market demand.

­The objectives of the Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme are to:

  1. Foster opportunities for Higher Degree by Research candidates and postdoctoral fellows to pursue industrial research training
  2. Enhance competitive research through collaboration between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector; and
  3. Strengthen Australia's industrial science skills base to support the needs of future and transforming industries and other research end-users

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News and Positions Available

News

TRAINING CENTRE LAUNCH

The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products was officially launched 14 December 2015 at Government House by Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Kate Warner, AM, Governor of Tasmania. View press release.

Official Launch of the Training Centre

Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Kate Warner, AM, Governor of Tasmania (right) at the Official Launch of the Training Centre shown with Centre Manager Dr Sue Pepper (Left) and Centre Director Associate Professor Tom Ross (Centre).

News

Our latest PhD candidates, Indika Fernando and Vongai Dakwa have both arrived safely and completed their final enrolment details. Indika and Vongai both commenced in February. Indika are will be working in Launceston with Dr. Fei, while Vongai is working in Hobart with Drs. Ross, Gracie, Tamplin and Eyles.

Dr. Felicity Denham also commenced work in the Centre in February, in Hobart, as our third post-doc researcher.

Positions Available

UPDATE

We wish to advise that we are still seeking a PhD candidate position with an interest in packaging of fruit and vegetables. 

Candidates should have completed a relevant Masters degree with a major in packaging or a first class honours degree with a major in packaging science. All inquiries should be made to Associate Professor Tom Ross on 03 6226 6382 or by email (tom.ross@utas.edu.au).

All of the remainder of our PhD candidate positions and our postdoctoral positions have now been filled.