Eva Joachimsthal - Bioengineer

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Salary range

AUD$62,000-67,000 p.a.

My advice for students

“Do a course because you are really interested in doing it, not just because you have the marks. And consider the fields in which good job opportunities exist. From my recent experience, graduates with a combined science and engineering degree are in demand; and it can open the door to a lot of interesting job opportunities.”

What I studied

Bachelor of Engineering (Bioprocess), University of New South Wales 1992-1995
Doctor of Philosophy (Biotechnology), University of New South Wales 1997-2001

Career path

Postdoctoral research fellow 2003-present CRC for Sugar Industry Innovation through Biotechnology (CRC SIIB), University of Queensland
Postdoctoral research fellow 2001-2003 Environmental Engineering Research Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Research assistant 1999-2000 Department of Biotechnology, University of New South Wales
Research assistant 1996 Department of Biotechnology, University of New South Wales
Project researcher/quality assurance technician 1994-995 Bioclone Australia Pty Ltd

Eva Joachimsthal is a postdoctoral research fellow working for the CRC SIIB, based at the University of Queensland, St Lucia. Eva is part of a team of scientists at UQ who are helping the Australian sugar industry develop a suite of new product options for its future.

Eva first completed her Bachelor of Engineering at the University of New South Wales in 1995. She then went on to complete a PhD in biotechnology in January 2001. Eva’s PhD was part of a scholarship funded by USA’s Department of Engineering looking at bio-ethanol production. The three and a half year project optimised and characterised an organism for use with bagasse (the dry, fibrous residue that remains after sugar cane stalks have been crushed and all the juice extracted) in the production of ethanol.

The next challenge for Eva came in the form of a postdoctoral fellowship with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Working as an environmental biotechnologist/engineer, Eva was part of a team employed to determine a quick method of identifying and counting bacteria carried and dumped from the ballast in ship’s hulls. The group developed a microbiological test for use by port authorities throughout the world.

After her spell in Singapore, she returned to work as a postdoctoral fellow for the CRC SIIB with the aim of discovering the bacterium that best utilises sugarcane by-products to produce lactic acid. Lactic acid is the basic building block of poly-lactic acid; the key ingredient in producing biodegradable plastics.

Bioengineering is Eva’s passion and she finds her work very rewarding. As a natural problem solver, she is able to put her passion into practice on a daily basis. After her project with the CRC, Eva would like to become an independent researcher based at UQ.