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With more than 4000 research staff and students working together, University of Adelaide generates outcomes that makes our world better. From more sustainable food production to a healthier climate. From improved health and wellbeing to cleaner energy sources. From our own backyard to the farthest shores.

As a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia's most research-intensive institutions, the University is a destination of choice for highly talented researchers, students, government and industry partners. 

Outstanding research universities share some common characteristics. They respond to emerging global and national priorities, they have access to high-quality facilities and they are surrounded by highly talented researchers and higher degree students. From excellent international rankings (which see us placed in the top 1% of universities worldwide), through to research income success, great people and structure make us outstanding. 

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The time you invest in a PhD at the University of Adelaide is an investment in yourself and your future. It will accelerate your personal development, professional capabilities and career opportunities in ways no other experience can.

Key Research Areas

  • Agriculture, Food and Wine
  • Defence, Space and Cyber
  • Health and Biotech
  • Energy and Sustainability

Top Research Centres

  • Waite Research Institute
  • Australian Institute for Machine Learning
  • Robinson Research Institute
  • Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing
  • Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources
  • South Australian Immunogenomics Cancer Institute (SAIGENCI) and Environment Institute

Top 5 Research Achievements

  • The UofA's AI technology, based on computer vision and machine learning, is a leader in the world for space application such as space junk pose estimation. The work also includes developing robotic manipulation technology to acquire space debris once located.
  • The UofA leads research into a new plasma-based, space-ready process for the production of agriculture fertiliser. The process will help space travellers to grow their own food. 
  • The largest study into meningococcal B vaccination and herd immunity conducted by UofA has global importance for vaccination programs and policy.
  • The UofA is developing new tools and strategies to help grape growers and winemakers avoid, or mitigate smoke taint which is highly relevant due to the increased risk of bushfires expected to increase with climate change.
  • The UofA has lead collaborative efforts with the Kaurna Australian Aboriginal people to successfully revive their language. The Kaurna language - unheard for nearly 160 years - is now back in daily use.


  • Over 50 Research Centres
  • About 2300 Research Students
  • About 2000 Research Staff/Supervising academics


  • The GOstralia! Research Centre in cooperation with University of Adelaide award exclusive PhD full tution fee scholarships open to all faculties. More information
  • More funding information and application deadline available here.


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Research Projects

ADL Projects

University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Technology, Engineering, and Science, Discipline of Earth Science
Project Start Date:01.01.2025
Application Deadline:01.07.2024
Supervisor Name:Alexander Francke; [email protected]
Location (City/Campus):North Terrace, Adelaide
Project Description:New insights into past climates and environments from one of Europe's most important palaeoclimate archive using novel strontium isotope technique.

This project aims to develop and apply novel metal isotope techniques to trace groundwater recharge in one of the Mediterranean’s most important palaeoclimate archive. Lake Ohrid (North Macedonia, Albania) has been the target of a large, international, interdisciplinary research project, which provided unprecedented insights in the hydro-climate in the eastern Mediterranean during the last 1.3 million years. Up to 50% of Lake Ohrid’s inflow originate from Lake Prespa via an underground karst system. The controls and history of this significant contribution to Lake Ohrid’s water balance are widely unknown in the past, unravelling the interdependency of both lakes will provide unique new insights into the palaeoclimate and -environmental history of the area.

This project will develop strontium isotope reference dataset for different water sources, including rainfall, groundwater, and lake water from lakes Prespa and Ohrid. Strontium isotope analyses will subsequently be applied to calcified fossils and other carbonate minerals in the lake sediments from both lakes to trace the impact of Prespa’s karst inflow to Lake Ohrid. This will provide new insights into local paleohydrological change, and into the palaeoclimate history of the Eastern Mediterranean .

This project is a collaboration between the University of Adelaide, University of Cologne, and the British Geological survey. While being based in Adelaide, the candidate will have the opportunity to visit the laboratories of these institutes and collaborate with leading scientists in the field. We also anticipate to conduct some limited fieldwork in North Macedonia.

Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Categories : PhD Humanities | PhD Maths, Physics | PhD Earth Sciences | ADL Projects

Das GOstralia! Research Centre

Wir bieten individuelle Beratung und Bewerbungsdurchführung für alle EU-Staatsangehörigen und auf das Forschungsthema zugeschnitten.

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