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A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


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Health Sciences, Sciences
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PhD, Honours
Professor Craig Bunt


Are you passionate about contributing to sustainable agriculture and addressing the global challenge of feeding a growing population while minimizing environmental impact? If so, we invite you to join our research team as a graduate student and explore the exciting field of Formulation Science for Agricultural Compounds and Biologicals.

Our research project focuses on developing innovative formulations for agricultural compounds and biological agents with the aim of enhancing crop productivity, reducing environmental risks, mitigating wildlife and pest impacts, and promoting sustainable farming practices. As a graduate student in this project, you will have the opportunity to be at the forefront of cutting-edge research that directly impacts the agricultural industry.

Possible graduate research areas of focus

Formulation Optimization: You will work on improving the stability, efficacy, and delivery mechanisms of various agricultural compounds and biologicals such as pesticides, fertilizers, and biopesticides.

Sustainability: Contribute to the development of environmentally friendly formulations that reduce the ecological footprint of agriculture and promote sustainable farming practices.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Collaborate with experts from various fields, including chemistry, pharmaceutics, microbiology, and molecular biology, to gain a holistic understanding of agricultural formulation science.

Field Trials: Participate in field trials and real-world testing of developed formulations to evaluate their effectiveness in improving crop yields and reducing environmental impact.

Why Join Us

  • Gain hands-on experience in a dynamic research environment.
  • Work with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.
  • Collaborate with a diverse team of experts and fellow researchers.
  • Contribute to solutions that address critical challenges in agriculture and environmental sustainability.
  • Access opportunities for publication and presentation of your research findings.


We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic graduate students with a background in a related field (e.g., chemistry, biology, materials science, formulation/pharmaceutical science, agricultural science) and a strong commitment to sustainable agriculture. If you are excited about the prospect of contributing to a more sustainable and efficient agricultural future, we encourage you to.

To express your interest or for more information, please contact Professor Craig Bunt

We look forward to welcoming dedicated individuals to our team who share our passion for advancing agricultural formulation science.

Professor Craig Bunt

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