Development of New Diagnostic Kits for the Alcoholic Beverage Industry

Location: Dromana, VIC

Duration: 6 months

Proposed start date: August 2018

Keywords: Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Metabolite detection, Discrete Analysers, Spectrophotometry, Diagnostic development, Alcoholic Beverage Industry

Please note: We are currently accepting Swinburne University applicants only. Due to funding requirements, students must have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency to apply.

Project Background

Vintessential has been developing and manufacturing diagnostic kits for the alcoholic beverage industry since 2003. They are one of only a handful of manufacturers of these kits world-wide, and the only one in Australia. Vintessential is Australian-owned and was established by Greg Howell [B.App.Sc (Chem), B.App.Sc(Wine) M.Sc(Chem)] in 1995.

There is a significant market opportunity to develop more test kits, but the company requires further resources to complete the research required to develop kits that measure a wider range of analyses. Customers and international distributors are making regular requests to increase range of test kits and they would like to meet these requests more quickly and efficiently.

Research to be Conducted

Vintessential requires the expertise of a PhD in Chemistry or Biochemistry with knowledge of both Discrete Analysers and spectrophotometers for the investigation and trials of new test kits.

Additionally, they require a PhD with exceptional skills in literature research, chemistry research, critical thinking and problem solving to help develop these new test kits.

The Discrete Analysers, Spectrophotometers and materials required will be supplied by Vintessential at the laboratory in Dromana, Victoria. Additional resources such as laboratory equipment and instruments that are available at the University may be useful tools in this work.

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following skills:

• Expertise in Biochemistry or Analytical Chemistry
• Experienced at working within a Lab and compliant with safety regulations
• Understanding of the use of Discrete Analysers and Spectrophotometers
• Ability to get on with others and work as a member of a team.
• Strong research and problem-solving skills

Expected Outcomes

1. Develop the protocols for the use of these test kits.

2. The development and optimization of complete, efficient, packaged products in the area of market-leading new diagnostic kits.

The overarching aim of this project is to develop new diagnostic Test Kits and protocols, ready for market, to join our already extensive range of similar products.

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.
It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner. The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.
The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

To participate in the APR.Intern program, all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
• Be a PhD student currently enrolled at an Australian university
• PhD candidature must be confirmed
• Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to undertake the internship. This approval must be submitted at the time of application.
• Internships are also subject to any requirements stipulated by the student’s and the academic mentor’s university

Applications Close

 22 July 2018


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