CSIRO Industry PhD Program


Per annum, for four years. Fee relief additional.

Opening date

Closing date



Who is it for?

Future PhD candidates, Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident, New Zealand Citizen

Where is it available?

Melbourne Campus

How is it paid?

Fortnightly stipend.


Scholarship code: SRS-24012

The CSIRO Industry PhD Program (iPhD) is a four-year research training program, focusing on applied research that benefits industry by solving real-world challenges. It aims to produce the next generation of innovation leaders with the skills to work at the interface of research and industry in Australia.

Project overview

3-D food printing of texture modified foods texture modification of food is essential for the safety of people living with dysphagia. However, people eating texture modified food often report low levels of meal satisfaction due to lack of variety in texture and poor presentation. 3D food printing offers opportunities for improved meal experience as food can be printed to appear real and/or appetising while reducing the amount of handling required when compared to food moulds. EzyChef is the leader in production and distribution of texture modified fruits and vegetables and is driven by the following value: ‘making a positive difference in people’s lives through texture modified food solutions’. Providing 3D food printing solutions for texture-modified foods therefore aligns with this value due to the positive impact this innovation may have on people’s meal experience. The main aim of the project is to develop a reliable and repeatable protocol for 3D printing of texture modified foods (IDDSI Level 4) to produce visually appetising food which is stable (referring to printing stability) and can be implemented in residential care settings, tertiary hospitals, or at home. The outcomes of the project will directly inform the commercialisation of 3D food printing.

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens.

Benefits of the scholarship

  • a stipend valued at $46,000 p.a. (pro-rata) for up to four years
  • a project expense and development package of up to $13,000 p.a. for us to four years
  • a fee relief scholarship for up to four years
  • supervison by CSIRO, EzyChef (industry partner) and La Trobe University
  • a 60-day Industry Engagement component with the industry partner EzyChef
  • a structured professional development and training package

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • meet the entrance requirements for the PhD
  • not be receiving another scholarship greater than 75 per cent of the stipend rate for the same purpose
  • have a qualification in science or engineering with a relevant focus or subjects, such as health, food, and soft material science
  • have strong IT and computer skills

Desirable skillset include:

  • 3D printing experience
  • experience with CAD and/or STL files
  • physical and analytical chemistry knowledge
  • experience in material characterisation

In selecting successful applicants, we prioiritise applications from candidates who:

  • will be enrolled full-time and undertaking their research at a La Trobe University campus
  • have completed a Masters by research or other significant body of research, such as an honours research thesis or lead authorship of a peer-reviewed publication, assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this scholarship follow step 3 and 4 to submit your application for scholarship and candidature.
Scholarship code: SRS-24012

Domestic applicants should select the 'Graduate Research - Specialist Research Scholarship' when prompted to select a scholarship in the application portal.

International applicants should select the 'Other' scholarship when prompted to select a scholarship in the StudyLink application portal.

As part of your application you are not required to identify a potential supervisor - Dr Annie Lassemillante is the designated supervisor for this project.

Applicants will be assessed by the supervisor team and shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.

Who to contact for further information

Dr Annie Lassemillante, a.lassemillante@latrobe.edu.au