Seaweed solutions for sustainable aquaculture: optimisation of hatchery production

Closing Date

29th May 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

This student project will play a key role in a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary CRC-P research team (Seaweed Solutions for Sustainable Aquaculture) in an applied research context focused on sustainable aquaculture development.  

This project aims to determine the optimal environmental conditions at different times of year (e.g. light, nitrogen availability and uptake, water motion, seedling density) for growing juvenile/mature kelp (Order Laminariales) species on lines in the sea. The new knowledge produced will be used to assess the suitability of selected kelp(s) for seaweed aquaculture in southern Australia, and Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture in conjunction with salmon farms in Tasmania.


Candidates from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Science
  • Environmental Sciences

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • Bachelor Degree in Science or Environmental Science and /or Honours (H1 - score of 80% or above) or Masters in marine biology/ecology with research experience in phycology
  • Experience in plant/algal physiology such as measuring photosynthesis, growth, quantification of pigments, nutrient uptake, C:N ratios
  • Experience in early life-cycle biology of seaweeds
  • Experience in seaweed aquaculture
  • High level oral and written communication skills

See the following web page for entry requirements:

Selection Criteria
  • Strong experimental design and data analysis skills
  • Experience in working with industry
  • Ability to work independently and as a productive member of a team
  • Publication(s) in high-ranking international peer-reviewed journals with Q1 Scimago journal ranking
Assessment Criteria

Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant industry experience, referee’s reports and supervisory support.

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Catriona Hurd for further information.