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Industry Placement and Internship Opportunities

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  • Adelaide-CSIRO iPhD Program

    We are excited to announce that the University of Adelaide and CSIRO have now launched an elite industry-focused research training PhD Program with the first students starting in early 2019.

    Our 4 year Industry PhD Program includes a minimum six month industry placement offering you an enhanced opportunity to work in an industry-defined research area with support and supervision through a partnership between the University of Adelaide, CSIRO, and an Industry Partner.

    In addition, you will have the opportunity, along with your supervisory team, to engage in training and professional development activities. By building your abilities, skills, understanding, and encouraging professional growth, the iPhD will prepare you to hit the ground running after completion.

    Within this unique program, the University and CSIRO will:

    • administer and support the program
    • provide a $40k p.a. scholarship
    • provide project research support funds of $10,000 per annum.

    Please visit the Adelaide-CSIRO iPhd website for more information on this program and scholarship

  • APR Internship Opportunities

    Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Intern is Australia’s only all sector—all discipline national postgraduate internship program.

    APR.Intern facilitates short-term 3-5 month research HDR internships across all study disciplines and business sectors, including private sector, government, and not-for-profit organisations.  Internships are available in all states including major cities, as well as regional and rural areas. There are hundreds of research internships available each year.

    APR.Intern offers an additional path for industry to encourage development and innovation through research projects, giving postgraduate students the opportunity to apply their research expertise to projects while gaining invaluable industry experience.

    APR.Intern also supports industry-based training of PhD research students in all Australian universities, with the goal of increasing employability and broadening business and university engagement.

    Available Internships

    For available internships please visit the APR.Intern website. From time to time, the University of Adelaide may also highlight specific APR.Intern opportunities on this webpage.

    The Benefits

    Apply Your Research: Turn your PhD theory into practice on an industry problem

    Build Your Career: Build your industry networks and enhance your experience

    Up Your Employability: Develop additional workplace skills to complement research expertise

    Get Paid: Earn a stipend for the duration of the internship


    Eligibility requirements can differ, however all of the following criteria must be met by all participating students:

    • Be a PhD student currently enrolled at an Australian university
    • PhD candidature must be confirmed
    • Must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an international student with the appropriate student visa
    • Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to apply

    How to Apply

    For Information and application requirements, please visit the APR.Intern website or email APR.Intern

    For further assistance, please also contact Nathan Crabe, Industry Research Placement Coordinator

Various closing dates
  • The Industry Engaged PhD (IEP)

    If you are a student looking for a placement opportunity with an industry partner, professional development activities designed to increase your industry knowledge and the ability to learn from an industry mentor, develop additional workplace skills, and build your industry networks, then consider the Industry Engaged PhD (IEP).

    You will apply your research knowledge and skills in a non-academic environment, guided by a University supervisor and an industry mentor. An IEP placement provides an opportunity for you to work on a real industry problem, which is distinct from your PhD research topic.

    In addition, you will undertake selected Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) activities as directed by the CaRST Director or industry partner. You can begin an IEP placement at any time from the confirmation of candidature to a maximum of one-month post-thesis submission.

    How do I find a placement?
    Students are encouraged to utilise their research networks to self-source a full-time placement opportunity of between 1-3 months in duration.

    IEP scholarships are available on a competitive basis to support approved placements and are funded through the University of Adelaide. Alternatively, students can also access unique third party opportunities, which have their own timelines and conditions.

    Please visit the IEP website for more information and details on how to apply

  • The University of Adelaide Industry PhD (UAIPHD)

    The UAiPhD is an exceptional and innovative 4 year program, which includes completion of a 6 month industry placement.

    As a PhD student, you will have the opportunity to work on an industry problem, while being supported by a University of Adelaide supervisor and an industry supervisor for the duration of the program. In addition, you will undertake selected professional development activities offered through the University’s  Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) program or as directed by the industry partner.

    During your placement, you will gain valuable understanding on how organisations innovate and solve real world problems, and how you can make an impact with your research, while gaining a significant employment advantage.

    The University of Adelaide offers successful candidates a 4 year scholarship.

    Please visit the UAiPhD website for more information and details on how to apply

  • APR Internship with Australian Bureau of Statistics   

    A Pruned Hotdeck Imputation Approach to Estimation From Linked Survey and Administrative Data

    Location: ABS Office, Canberra or Adelaide preferred

    Duration: 4 months

    Proposed start date: As soon as possible

    Project Background
    Regression Data Integration (RDI) is a new method for combining probability sample and non-probability Big Data sources to produce more efficient statistics.  The method involves identifying the units on the probability sample that are also on the Big Data set, and then partially calibrating the probability sample to a set of Big Data benchmarks, including the data item(s) of interest.

    When there are only a few key data items of interest, the number of benchmarks required will be small and the calibration exercise will be effective.  When the number of key data items are large in number (as is the case in multipurpose surveys), the calibration will become less efficient, or not converge at all.  We could calibrate each key data item separately to get around this, but then a separate weight will need to be created each time.  Calibrating each item separately may also impact on the relationships between data items for a unit – in some cases invalidating those relationships.

    A mass imputation approach has been proposed as a follow-up step to the application of the RDI method to get around these issues.  This project will develop a “pruned hotdeck” approach to this imputation. This approach has two steps:

    1. A multiple hotdeck step that imputes multiple sets of realistic values, each set copied from a random unit from the target unit’s “imputation group”.

    2. A pruning step that iterates through the units and at each iteration removes  an imputed set of values so as to improve a measure of overall discrepancy from the set of required calibration totals. This proceeds until there is a single imputed set of values for each target unit, while the overall imputed dataset achieves a high level of consistency with the required totals.

    This project would build on methods developed in the ABS as published in 1352.0.55.092 – Research Paper: Imputation and Estimation for a Thematic Form Census (Methodology Advisory Committee), November 2007.

    Skills Required

    We are looking for someone with the following skillset:

    1. Sound knowledge of sample survey methods, in particular: techniques for treating missing survey data (imputation), calibration methods, and replicate variance estimation.

    2. Proficiency in using SAS or R statistical software.


    Please visit APR Internship website for more information and details on how to apply.

Applications Close
29 May 2019
  • APR Internship with CS Energy    

    Developing Models to Capture Tail Events in Energy Markets

    Location: Location flexible: at the candidate’s current location, or in Fortitude Valley, QLD

    Duration: 4 months

    Proposed start date: June 2019

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to funding requirements, students must have Australian or New Zealand Citizenship or Permanent Residency to apply. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will automatically be deemed ineligible for this project.

    Project Background
    High impact and low probability events characterise the tails of distributions used to derived ‘at risk‘ measures such as Earnings at Risk (EaR) and Tail Value at Risk (TVaR). These distributions and measures are used by CS Energy as part of its commodity trading capability to help manage market risk and define trading strategy. This project will see the intern located within the Trading Room, developing models that capture tail risks incorporating extreme market conditions, unplanned outages and the dependence structure between relevant factors. The project will have strong financial markets focus but will also involve some interaction with engineering teams to refine time-to-failure models for generation assets.

    Research to be Conducted

    The research project will involve:

    1. Project scoping: Compose a scoping document to demonstrate an  understanding of project requirements and timing

    2. Background research: Researching and evaluating alternative modelling approaches (the company will provide a starting point and can guide this – CS Energy have mud map forward but are always interested to explore ideas)

    3. Model design: Developing tail models incorporating dependence structures between market events and unplanned outages

    4. Implementation: Writing error free, efficient and well documented code to implement models

    5. Brief evaluation report

    Skills Required

    We are looking for a PhD student with the following:


    · From a quantitative discipline such as: Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Statistics, Physics.

    · Strong mathematical aptitude and competency in programming, ideally MATLAB or Python.

    · Some knowledge in probability, statistics and numerical methods.

    · A desire to develop financial markets and commodity trading knowledge.


    · CS Energy & the Risk Analytics Team may also support a publication


    Please visit APR Internship website for more information and details on how to apply.

Applications Close
22 May 2019
  • APR Internship with Silentium Defence 

    High Performance Computing System Design

    Location: Parafield, SA

    Duration: 3 months

    Proposed start date: May/June

    Project Background
    Silentium Defence is a new start-up in Adelaide that is commercialising and developing passive radar technology for a number of Defence and civilian applications. This project will support Silentium Defence to develop and mature products and services.

    Silentium Defence are developing sensors that will have many channels and process large volumes of data. As a result, they are looking for a PhD student with a High Performance Computing background and that has knowledge and experience of developing computing architecture that can handle the data throughput and maintain real-time processing as the sensor size grows.

    Research to be Conducted

    Although Silentium Defence have identified the area of research they wish to conduct, they are open to negotiate the project specifics with the appropriate candidates.

    This is a fantastic opportunity for a student to have an influence on shaping the project and defining the expected outcomes.

    Skills Required

    We are looking for a PhD student with the following:

    1. Experience with high performance computing system design

    2. Experience in high performance computing software design


    Please visit APR Internship website for more information and details on how to apply.

Applications Close
29 May 2019
  • APR Internship with Premium Fresh Tasmania  

    Conduct Market Research on Existing Fresh Allium Products and Recommend Products to Facilitate the Growth of the Category for Coles Supermarkets

    Location: Forth, Davenport, TAS (opportunity to complete internship remotely with some visits)

    Duration: 6 months

    Proposed start date: June 2019

    Project Background

    Premium Fresh Tasmania grows, packs and markets around 10,000 tonnes of alliums made up of brown and red onions, shallot and echalions. The company is a national strategic supply partners of Coles Supermarkets and supplies the Supermarkets with almost 3000 tonnes of brown onions, 650 tonnes of red onions and 120 tonnes of shallots per annum.

    In recent years many staple fresh vegetables lines sold on the Australian domestic market have had flat sales levels or are in decline. There are a number of reasons for this general trend and each individual vegetable line may have unique causes, however the developing movement towards prepared foods for convenience is a common factor in most of the declining trends of fresh vegetable sales.

    Premium Fresh has not been immune to this trend and over the last several years has experienced a significant reduction in sales volumes of brown onions. However, there has been some relief through increased sales of red onions during this period.

    Coles Supermarkets are Premium Fresh Tasmania’s most important trade partner and the general decline in fresh vegetable sales is a dilemma for both parties.

    The challenge with this project is reverse or at least slow the decline in Premium Fresh allium sales volume to Coles and as a consequence increase the value Premium Fresh in its trading relationship with Coles Supermarkets.
    To achieve this, marketing expertise is needed to review existing current retail offerings, develop strategies and create opportunities, with specific focus on product development.

    Premium Fresh is one of a few echalions growers in the Southern Hemisphere and the largest exporter in Australia of this product. While echalions are established in European markets they are yet to be successfully marketed in the major supermarkets in Australia. Coles are open to the development and introduction of this product and are aligned with the objectives of this project.

    Skills Required 

    We are looking for a PhD student with the following:


    1. Understand the basic principles of marketing and have the capacity to apply them to a research and development project


    2. Experience in agriculture, strong people skills and a team approach


    Please visit APR Internship website for more information and details on how to apply.



Applications Close
22 May 2019
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