Food Science

If you like working with food and you enjoy science, then a career as a food scientist may be for you. Food scientists develop and improve ways to process raw ingredients, such as grains, meats, milk, fruit and vegetables to safe, tasty and nutritious foods. A career in food science and technology is diverse and challenging, one day you may be developing a new food product and the next you may be solving technical problems on a processing line. The study of food science and technology is multi-disciplinary, involving application of the life sciences; biology, chemistry, nutrition, engineering, microbiology and the latest research developments in the handling, processing and packaging of foods from the farm to the consumer’s plate.
With its unique facilities, such as the only sensory evaluation facility in WA, and access to one of the few small pilot scale high temperature high pressure food extruders in Australia, Food Science and Technology researchers are playing a vital role in the development of the food industry in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Curtin’s overarching emphasis is on developing food products with improved functional, nutritional and health quality attributes that match the global markets demand – healthy land, healthy people, improving food security.


Employment prospects are high, both in Australia and overseas. They may also be found in agricultural research, hospitals and health agencies, analytical laboratories, food suppliers and manufacturers of staple or pre-prepared foods, marketing and sales, supermarket chains, airlines and wine companies.

  • Food Scientist or Technologist
  • Food Product Development
  • Food Microbiologists
  • Quality control technologists

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