Germination technology development for novel cereal/pulse grain, infant/toddler nutritional foods

Closing Date

31st December 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project is to develop and substantiate the benefits of cereal and pulse grain based infant/toddler food through germination technology that protects infants/toddlers in developing countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka from infant/toddler malnutrition disorder (muscle wasting, stunted growth, pallor, lethargy, increased susceptibility to infection, and fatigue).

In 2016, the global infant/toddler food market is expected to rise by 9.3% and reach US$ 24.5 billion in revenues. The project addresses the issue of product development and infant/toddler nutrition with a view to increasing the nutritional quality and the retention of the nutritional properties of infant/toddler food, especially targeting infants/toddlers who are subjected to malnourishment because of the socioeconomic conditions of their country of birth. We propose a dietary approach of modifying the current infant/toddler food formulation which is generally dairy based to include cereal and pulse grain that will include a variety of nutritionally and health functional components:

  • Develop and upscale for food manufacturing a shelf stable infant/toddler food
  • Provide a nutritionally balanced breast milk supplement or substitute
  • Provide a prebiotic enhanced plant-based food that is genetically modified organism (GMO) dairy, gluten, lactose and soy free
  • Provide adequate energy requirement
Eligibility
  • The project is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first-class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

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, John Bowman for further information.