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HDR Scholarship 2022 - Food Agility CRC 3PS: Pig welfare, production decision support and pork provenance in supply chains (consumer perceptions)

Status: Open

Applications open: 23/08/2022
Applications close: 14/10/2022

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About this scholarship

We are searching for an outstanding research student based at Curtin University to undertake an industry-based, fully-funded MPhil degree focusing on researching value creation from the development of new machine learning applications within the agricultural technologies domain. The research student will design and conduct in-depth research into the exploration of consumer demands and value chain benefits of traceability in the WA pig industry for achieving market differentiation and competitive advantage in key global markets.

This is a high-profile, industry-based, research collaboration concerned with developing scalable digital solutions for the agricultural industry to support data-driven decision making and enhance day to day livestock management for positive animal welfare outcomes. The selected student will be afforded the opportunity to engage with multiple key stakeholders including Beanstalk Agtech, Xsights, the Food Agility CRC, DPIRD and the Craig Mostyn Group to utilise research to drive the development of high-impact supply chain technologies which solve significant real world problems through the lens of academic frameworks. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated research student with a passion for agri-food marketing and supply chain management to engage with the application of research that utilises their expertise to support the creation of transformative digital solutions whilst also providing significant contributions to the broader research community.

Requirements (highly desirable):

  • An academic and/or industry background in the agri-food sector is preferred, but not essential
  • Experience/knowledge in marketing or supply chain theories, research design and methodologies.
  • A passion for learning and applying quantitative techniques (e.g. cluster analysis, factor analysis, conjoint analysis) to identify the value proposition of traceability and welfare attributes for the Craig Mostyn Group across its supply chain with consumer preferences in mind.
  • Ability to engage with multiple stakeholders and collaborate effectively within a broader multidisciplinary team.
  • Proactive, accountable, and ability to understand and work towards broader commercial outcomes and imperatives in a reporting-intensive environment.
  • Proven track record of high-quality academic writing.

Scope of research work and outputs

  • Two years of full-time study to:
  1. Conduct a systematic literature review of consumer preferences for livestock health and welfare provenance traceability in meat products
  2. Design consumer preference experiments to test hypotheses of the research
  3. Collect and analyse data to advise the Craig Mostyn Group about value creation attributes of traceability technology across people, process and technology
  • Peer-reviewed publications in high quality journals and the ability to present work at academic and industry conferences.
  • There are considerable career-development opportunities for industry-based internships throughout the student’s candidature.

About Us

  • Food Agility CRC invests in world-leading research that is changing the way we produce, supply and consume food. Together with our partners, we create new data-driven technology for the agrifood industry using artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchain, sensors, advanced data analytics and more.
  1. Our mission is to harness the power of data and digital technology to make Australia's agrifood system more profitable, sustainable and globally competitive.
  2. Our partnership network spans the Australian agrifood and agtech industries and includes eight leading universities. We are funded by our partners and by the Australian Government through its CRC Program.
  • Beanstalk Agtech is a leading food and agriculture innovation change agent dedicated to a step-change in the agrifood sector across the Indo-Pacific.
  1. We believe that by connecting food producers, leading technology and aligned capital we can have a red hot crack at solving some of the biggest challenges facing the Indo-Pacific food system in order to be able to feed a future of five billion people across Asia in a sustainable and profitable way.
  2. In a world of technologies looking for a problem to solve, we help agri-food businesses to be hyper-focused on defining the right problems before developing the right solution. We love to partner and share risks to co-develop the most valuable and impactful technologies and business models.

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student
  • Merit Based

  • The total dollar value of the stipend: $35,000 per annum (tax free). This is for a stipend only. Successful HDR applicants for admission may receive a 100% fee offset for up to two years.
  • Duration of the scholarship: Two years.
  • Stipend only commences whilst student is onshore.

Scholarship Details

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All applicable HDR courses

  • The successful candidate must be able to commence full-time studies on location at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, no later than Monday, 30 February, 2023. There is no negotiation on this.
  • An academic and/or industry background in the agri-food sector is preferred, but not essential
  • Experience/knowledge in marketing or supply chain theories, research design and methodologies.
  • A passion for learning and applying quantitative techniques (e.g. cluster analysis, factor analysis, conjoint analysis) to identify the value proposition of traceability and welfare attributes for the Craig Mostyn Group (https://www.craigmostyn.com.au/) across its supply chain with consumer preferences in mind.
  • Ability to engage with multiple stakeholders and collaborate effectively within a broader multidisciplinary team.
  • Proactive, accountable, and ability to understand and work towards broader commercial outcomes and imperatives in a reporting-intensive environment.
  • Proven track record of high-quality academic writing.

Application process

If this project excites you, and your research skills and experience are a good fit for this specific project, you should contact the Project Lead (listed below in the enquires section) via the Expression of Interest (EOI) form.

Enrolment Requirements

Eligible to enrol in a Higher Degree by Research Course at Curtin University by February 2023

Enquiries

To enquire about this project opportunity that includes a scholarship application, contact the Project lead, Dr Elizabeth Jackson via the EOI form above.

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