Tasmanian Faba bean product technologies

Development of faba bean technologies for Tasmanian value-added products.

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

10 October 2022

Campus

Hobart, Launceston

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

Faba beans (Vicia faba L.) are in high demand all around the world with faba bean export providing good returns for Australian and potentially Tasmanian farmers and grain exporters. Agronomically, Tasmania is well suited to produce faba beans due to its mild, rainy winters and cool summers. Furthermore, Tasmania is well suited to develop sources of plant-based protein for both aquaculture use and the food industry. Faba bean protein has the potential to be used as a feed ingredient for monogastric animals and as a meat substitute to cater to the growing demand for the sustainable vegetarian and vegan protein market. However, faba bean must be processed into forms that are both nutritious and high in protein as well as removing antinutrients (Siah et al., 2021).

This project will therefore:

  • Identify and address barriers to incorporating faba bean growing and processing into Tasmanian agriculture and added
    value processing.
  • Identify optimal faba bean varieties for high quality protein isolate production.
  • Understand, and develop reliable protein isolate production methods.
  • Define optimal faba bean protein isolate production method quality parameters.
  • Review opportunities for added value processing and identify demonstration project for faba bean processing to enable
    assessment of the economic potential for faba bean products.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Adel Yousif

Funding

Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Eligibility

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Essential criteria

  • Must meet English language requirements

Desirable Criteria

  • The applicant should ideally (but not essential) have demonstrable training and expertise in biological science, food processing and grain biochemistry

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Must meet English language requirements

Desirable Criteria

  • The applicant should ideally (but not essential) have demonstrable training and expertise in biological science, food processing and grain biochemistry

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Adel Yousif to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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