The University of Adelaide has partnered with IMNIS to develop a new generation of PhD-qualified graduates capable of industry engagement, diverse research collaborations, professional networking and career transitioning with confidence.

  • About IMNIS

    The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) is a prestigious, award-winning industry engagement initiative of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering that partners motivated PhD students (mentees) in STEM with influential, high level industry leaders (mentors) in a one-year mentoring and professional development program.

    IMNIS prepares mentees to excel in all aspects of the STEM ecosystem. Mentees have the opportunity to increase their understanding of industry, identify the skills needed to succeed, learn about different career opportunities, and extend their professional network.

  • The program

    IMNIS is a one-year program of mentoring, networking, education and training.

    Mentees are matched with an industry mentor and will meet with their mentor in a professional setting for an hour each month.

    Mentees also have the opportunity to attend a series of state-level networking and professional development events throughout the year.

    IMNIS will expose you to industry careers, but it is not a job placement program.

    IMNIS is an opportunity to increase your understanding, extend your professional skills, learn what it takes to succeed, and expand your network.


  • Participation

    IMNIS is inclusive of all STEM disciplines with ATSE's priority areas encouraged:

    Advanced Manufacturing

    Refers to research disciplines focused on the research, development and application of advanced machines, manufacturing, and materials in order to enhance products or processes, and increase competitiveness in the manufacturing sectors.

    Agriculture and Water Resources

    Refers to research disciplines focused on increasing the utilisation and uptake of technology, engineering and science in offsetting and reducing pressures to agriculture, water resources and food value chains.

    Digital Futures

    Refers to research disciplines focused on the development and application of information and communication technologies, as well as the advancement of digital transformation in industry and society.

    Energy Resources, Renewables, Minerals & METS

    Refers to research disciplines focused on the development and application of technology to improve the sustainability and reduce the carbon footprint of Australia's energy supplies, as well as pathways to efficient and sustainable mineral resource management.


    Refers to scientific investigations that seek to improve health and wellbeing through prevention, identification and curing of disease, injury and disability, and lead to improved treatment options and increased knowledge about all factors in human health.


    Refers to research disciplines relevant to the medical technologies, biotechnologies and pharmaceuticals sectors

  • Eligibility

    The student must be:

    • Enrolled as a PhD candidate in a STEM discipline at the University of Adelaide
    • Confirmed in candidature but not nearing the thesis write-up stage (typically in the second year of their PhD)
    • Able to commit the necessary time to meet with their mentor (1 hour per month starting in August 2022 for 12 months) and attend IMNIS events as a participant in this program

    This opportunity is available for full-time and part-time students, as well as both domestic and international researchers.

  • Mentees

    Here are some of our current and past IMNIS participants from the University of Adelaide:

  • Attend an information session

    Thursday, April 14 2022 at 10am.

  • How to apply

    There are limited places in the IMNIS Program and a diverse range of the most suitable candidates will be short-listed for enrolment.

    Applications for the 2022/23 IMNIS program are now closed.


Further information

Download the IMNIS flyer or visit the IMNIS website.

For further information, please contact