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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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.

Numbers

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

Funding

  • 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 Sciences
Project Start Date:Negotiable
Application Deadline:ongoing
Supervisor Name:Associate Professor Matt Denton
Location (City/Campus):Adelaide
 
Project Description:

Delivering better crops and improving farming systems through internationally known research underpinning the breeding of crops, the management of soils, diseases and weeds and dryland farming systems agronomy. Together, we combine basic research to deliver applied outcomes that are adopted by the scientific and/or farming communities in not only Australia but globally. Research Strengths include:

  • Farming Systems
  • Entomology & plant pathology
  • Soil Science
  • Biometry
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Sciences
Project Start Date:Negotiable
Application Deadline:ongoing
Supervisor Name:Professor Gordon Howarth/ Dr. Suong Ngo
Location (City/Campus):Adelaide
 
Project Description:Broad areas of research include animal behaviour, animal social networks, biology, population health, infectious diseases, reproduction, livestock and equine health. We have key links to the beef, sheep, pork and poultry industries to deliver evidence-based research outcomes.
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Sciences
Project Start Date:Negotiable
Application Deadline:ongoing
Supervisor Name:Associate Professor Tara Pukala
Location (City/Campus):Adelaide
 
Project Description:Chemistry is a key component of many emerging fields of study including drug-synthesis for resistant bacteria, cancer treatments and renewable energy. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Adelaide is participating in these exciting new areas of research. Our research involves many new technologies which are influencing the field of chemistry including synchrotron and mass spectrometry, x-ray crystallography, nanotechnology, computational methods, lasers and synthetic biology. We also undertake award-winning research in fundamental chemistry spanning the traditional disciplines. Work with us as we make new discoveries, facilitate important scientific activities and train researchers of the future. Chemistry is a key component of many emerging fields of study including drug-synthesis for resistant bacteria, cancer treatments and renewable energy. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Adelaide is participating in these exciting new areas of research. Our research involves many new technologies which are influencing the field of chemistry including synchrotron and mass spectrometry, x-ray crystallography, nanotechnology, computational methods, lasers and synthetic biology. We also undertake award-winning research in fundamental chemistry spanning the traditional disciplines. Work with us as we make new discoveries, facilitate important scientific activities and train researchers of the future.
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Categories : PhD Bio, Chemie | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Sciences
Project Start Date:Negotiable
Application Deadline:ongoing
Supervisor Name:Dr Stijn Glorie
Location (City/Campus):Adelaide
 
Project Description:Research at the department of Earth Sciences focusses on : - exploring how the planet works, from deep time plate tectonics to the evolution of continents. - studying the resource endowment of Australia and the planet. - investigating the evolution of life and the climate. We offer projects associated with our main research strengths in: - mineral exploration (including `critical minerals`) - tectonics and geomechanics - metamorphic petrology and geochemistry - geo-, thermo- and petrochronology - isotope geochemistry (including metal isotopes) - optical stimulated luminescence dating for palaeontology - palaeoclimatology and biogeochemistry - magnetotellurics, heat production and heat flow studies
Funding Information:

The department of Earth Science is part of the $218M Mineral Exploration Cooperative Research Centre, which is the world's largest mineral exploration collaboration, providing research support for 10 years until 2029. Additional funding that is currently available comes from Australian Research Council research grants, such as Discovery projects on `crustal growth` and `the East Asian Monsoon` and a Linkage project on `rare earth mineral resources`

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Sciences
Project Start Date:Negotiable
Application Deadline:ongoing
Supervisor Name:Associate Professor Keith Shearwin
Location (City/Campus):Adelaide
 
Project Description:Our scientists explore how flora and fauna respond to environmental challenges and climate change and seek to understand the adaptive capacity and resilience of species. We use analytical and applied techniques to study wildlife conservation and biosecurity risk management; monitor ecosystems with satellite imagery and use GIS and spatial simulation modelling to forecasts biodiversity shifts to conserve natural systems. Our marine biology and aquatic research have a strong focus on current environmental issues that affect freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems while exploring the ecological history of underwater communities. We contribute to improving human health by exploring the relationship between biodiversity and infectious and chronic diseases, including water quality for human and environmental health.
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Sciences
Project Start Date:Negotiable
Application Deadline:ongoing
Supervisor Name:Associate Professor Keith Shearwin
Location (City/Campus):Adelaide
 
Project Description:Our scientists use ancient and modern DNA techniques to ‘travel through time’ so we can understand the evolutionary history of living and extinct vertebrates. We assess the impacts of past environmental change on animal populations, and this provides valuable genetic data for conservation and management of threatened species. We explore human evolution and migration, in particular the human evolutionary history of Indigenous Australians, through key collaboration with the South Australian Museum and Aboriginal families and communities around Australia. Our evolutionary biologists also apply expertise in forensic biology and new genomic techniques to analyse highly degraded human remains for various agencies.
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Sciences
Project Start Date:Negotiable
Application Deadline:ongoing
Supervisor Name:Associate Professor Keith Shearwin
Location (City/Campus):Adelaide
 
Project Description:We explore the molecular mechanisms underlying chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, HIV and Alzheimer’s disease. Our goal is to better understand the molecular structure of these human diseases in order to discover new pathways and treatment options. Our experts are also forging ahead with our understanding of the molecular interactions between pathogenic bacteria and humans. We’re developing more effective vaccines and treatment strategies to combat infectious diseases, such as E.coli, tuberculosis, golden staph, middle ear infection and malaria. Our scientists are also making important breakthroughs in biotechnology, epigenetics and genome editing. We investigate how flora and fauna adapt to environmental signalling; how species evolve and survive through the evolution of resistance; genetic engineering of bacteria; and improving crops through synthetic biology and biotechnology.
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Categories : PhD Bio, Chemie | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Sciences
Project Start Date:Negotiable
Application Deadline:ongoing
Supervisor Name:Associate Professor Ross Young
Location (City/Campus):Adelaide
 
Project Description:Our physics research captures international attention in the world's best research journals, as we collaborate with national and international partners on cutting-edge global physics projects. We explore the fundamental studies of the structure of sub-atomic matter and develop novel optical and photonic systems for a wide range of applications. We investigate the upper atmosphere using a network of sites that stretch from the equator to the Antarctic. We analyse the structure of the universe under, above and beyond the earth through our astrophysics and geophysics programs. We aim to improve healthcare through our medical physics research.
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Categories : PhD Bio, Chemie | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Sciences
Project Start Date:Negotiable
Application Deadline:ongoing
Supervisor Name:Associate Professor Ken Chalmers
Location (City/Campus):Adelaide
 
Project Description:

Our research is helping growers overcome salinity, soil toxicities and nutrient limitations; enabling adaptation to drought and climate change; protecting crops against plant pathogens, and ensuring the sustainable improvement of crop yield and quality. Plant-breeding programs have produced more than half of the commercially grown grain varieties in southern Australia. We deliver outcomes of direct significance to both the Australian and global agricultural industries by collaborating across various sciences including molecular genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, epigenetics, metabolomics, phenomics, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, and biophysics. Research Strengths:

  • Plant biology and biochemistry
  • Plant genetics, genomics and breeding
  • Viticulture and horticulture
  • Crop bioinformatics
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Sciences
Project Start Date:Negotiable
Application Deadline:ongoing
Supervisor Name:Associate Professor David Jeffery/Dr Jo Zhou
Location (City/Campus):Adelaide
 
Project Description:

Our research seeks to better understand the wine-making process and how it can be manipulated to improve wine quality. With expertise in wine microbiology, biochemistry, sensory & consumer science, and wine quality measurements, we work along the whole winemaking process from grape to glass. Innovative research that links food, nutrition and sustainable agriculture to improve human health translates into food products with real health outcomes. Improvements in nutritional status of human populations can optimise health outcomes, benefiting quality of life and reducing whole-of-life health care costs Research Strengths:

  • Wine Science
  • Food & Nutrition Science
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | ADL Projects

Das GOstralia! Research Centre

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