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  • ANSTO SAAFE Research Internship Program 2017

    The SAAFE Program objective is to facilitate the conduct of research and foster research collaborations between France and Australia in nuclear science and engineering in the areas of Human Health, Environment and Nuclear Fuel Cycle. The program will support early career researchers at PhD level to expand research and innovation activities within Human Health, Environment and Nuclear Fuel Cycle, to initiate sustainable research networks and linkages to support Australia and France research and innovation.  Research internships supported through SAAFE require an international mobility of students from Australia to France or from France to Australia.

    Eligibility criteria: Applicants must be a PhD student currently enrolled in a French or AINSE member university; OR Enrolled in a PhD in collaboration between French and Australian institutions.


    Carrying out a research project which stimulates research collaborations between France and Australia in the following areas:

    • Human Health Research
    • Environmental Research
    • Nuclear Fuel Cycle Research

    Further information and applications are available from

  • APR Internship with Bright Arena

    Exploring and Commercialising New Methods of Treating Dysbiosis in Chemotherapy Patients

    Location: North Terrace, Adelaide SA

    Duration: 5 months

    Proposed start date: 12 July 2018

    Applications Close: 24 June 2018

    Keywords: Microbiome, Startup, FMT, Technology, Cancer, Chemotherapy, Sepsis

    Project Background
    Sepsis kills 10% of patients who undergo chemotherapy. An increasing body of evidence points to the efficacy of repopulating the gut microbiome to assist with the potentially deadly side-effects associated with chemotherapy. Currently, faecal matter transplants (FMT’s) are the gold standard treatment to combat dysbiosis. Other more well publicised treatments like pre/pro biotics do not work in this scenario.  Effective, faecal donation is increasingly difficult (supply, high number of exclusion factors) and as such synthesising safe, viable samples is increasingly difficult. The team at Bright Arena is looking at ways to solve these problems while providing an effective substitute for a FMT.

    Research to be Conducted
    The team is currently working towards developing a synthetic FMT that will perform the same function as a regular FMT for chemotherapy patients. Along with validating the idea technically, the project requires the validation of the business model around the technology. Specifically, Bright Arena need to understand their early adopter (chemo patients), the problems they face, and whether their solution fits with their behaviours and needs.

    Students will work with Bright Arena to research and create a proto-business around the synthetic FMT. Students will learn start-up and entrepreneurial methods as well as provide input in the development of the product based on these learnings.

    Skills Required
    We are looking for a PhD student with the following skills:


    • Microbiology background
    • Looking to learn about research commercialisation and entrepreneurship.
    • Keen to learn and comfortable with uncertainty.

    Expected Outcomes

    • Customer interviews and synthesis of learnings
    • Validated Business Model and accompanying pitch deck
    • Work with project team to input learnings into the development of the FMT

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

Applications Close
24 June 2018
  • APR Internship with Woodside Energy

    Data Science for Health & safety in the Oil and Gas Industry 

    Location: Perth, WA

    Duration: 4-5 months

    Proposaed Start Date: May 2018

    Disciplines: Mathematics, Engineering, IT and Computing

    Project Background
    Woodside is Australia¹s largest independent oil and gas company with a global portfolio, recognised for their world-class capabilities ¬as an explorer, developer, producer and supplier of energy. 

    Woodside has developed strong data science capability in support of the company’s growth strategy, and is leading the application of data science in the oil and gas industry. The Data Science team are tasked with deploying cognitive computing, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning for improved decision making supported by facts and data.

    Research to be Conducted
    Woodside’s Data Science team is seeking an intern to develop valuable insights from our extensive health and safety (H&S) records through the application of advanced and novel data science techniques. The intern will work closely with the Data science team and the H&S subject matter experts to understand the data from various data sources, identify and analyse leading indicators to safety events, and develop high value outcomes with actionable insights.

    The successful candidate will gain invaluable exposure to the application of data science techniques to real problems, in a fast-paced and agile delivery environment.

    Skills Required
    We are looking for a PhD student with the following skills:

    • Strong data modelling skills
    • Previous experience working with/exposure to large data sets
    • Programming skills e.g.
    • Some prior knowledge in stochastic processes, graph theory and network analysis will be beneficial
    • Able to work as part of a team

    Visit the APR Internship website for more information and how to apply.

  • DST Group Research Internship Multiple Opportunities (20+)

    Location: Various

    Proposed start date: Various (July – October 2018)

    Duration: 4-5 months 

    Keywords: Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Architecture, Material Science, Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering, Telecommunications, Mathematics, Physics, Mechanical/Mechatronic Engineering, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Food Science, Social Science, Psychology

    Project Background: The Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) is the Australian Government’s lead agency responsible for applying science and technology to safeguard Australia and its national interests. As one of Australia’s largest employers of scientists and engineers, DST deliver expert, impartial advice and innovative solutions for Defence and national security.

    DST have partnered with APR.Intern to place up to 100 PhD interns with Defence over four-years. With a focus on gender equity, the internships are open to all eligible STEM PhD students with support from the Department of Education and Training through the Supporting more women in STEM careers: APR.Intern—National Research Internship Program.

    Eligibility Requirements: Due to Commonwealth Government security requirements all candidates will require baseline clearance and therefore must hold Australian citizenship at commencement of the internship.

    are interested in participating in a DST internship, please contact the Business Developer to discuss, or submit an application advising the date of citizenship ceremony.

    Refer to the DST Group website for more information and details on how to apply.


  • Nicolas Baudin Program Research Internship

    Applications for the Nicolas Baudin Program: “Internship in France” initiative are now open.

    A range of internship opportunities of between three and six months are available in partnership between a French University and company.   Most of these were created with a partner university in mind, however, students may apply for any of the available opportunities.   Additional detail about individual internships is available at:

    Should you be selected to participate in an internship:

    • The French Embassy finances the cost of the return flights from Australia to France and social security costs for the duration of the internship (up to 6 months).
    • The host university in France will provide a mandatory internship stipend (minimum of 554€ per month according to 2017 figures, subject to change).
    • The University of Adelaide will provide an additional grant to help cover daily costs during your stay in France ($2500).

    The deadline for applications to be submitted online is 30 April 2018 and internships must be taken up by 31/12/18.

    Further information about the scheme, is available on the Nicolas Baudin Program: “Internship in France”

    Access to the online application form.

    After creating an account, students are advised to choose the first option “internship in France initiative” in Section 2 of the application form “your project in France”.

  • Research Internship wit Nauti-Craft

    Location: Dunsborough, WA

    Interstate applications accepted with the potential to work remotely in consultation with Business Development manager

    Duration: 5 months

    Disciplines: Engineering, Biological Sciences, Health Sciences

    Project Background

    The impact of whole of body vibration on high speed vessel operators has been identified as generating a significant occupational health and safety risk. These risks range from short term injury through long term spinal damage and operator fatigue.

    Nauti-Craft has created a unique vessel suspension system specifically designed to reduce these risks by reducing the magnitude of the vessel impacts.  Studies conducted by Nauti-Craft personnel using relatively simple measurement techniques and equipment have identified that impacts can be reduced by greater than 75%. These measurements have however focused on the transmission forces through the mechanical components of the vessel and have not focused on the human performance benefits.

    Further to this, a brief review of data and techniques associated with measuring operator fatigue arising from high speed vessel transit has identified no clear quantitative measurement technique. Given that special forces personnel regard vessel transit as qualitatively the most fatiguing element of operational deployment, Nauti-Craft would like to be able to provide demonstrable evidence of the benefits associated with its unique suspension system.

    Nauti-Craft is seeking an experienced researcher capable of developing, conducting and reporting on the human performance benefits available to high speed craft operators when using a Nauti-Craft equipped vessel. The primary reason behind the work is to provide compelling, independently generated and credible data demonstrating that the Nauti-Craft system is the best performing technology for managing whole of body vibration risk in high speed craft.

    Given that Nauti-Craft’s workforce are predominantly engineers, the requisite expertise is likely to come from someone with human factors qualifications and experience. Nauti-Craft can provide mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and control systems support around instrumentation however are lacking in the ability to translate these measurements into valuable human factors data.

    Research to be Conducted

    Nauti-Craft would like to focus on three key outcomes:

    • Quantify the benefits to operator fatigue associated with a reduction in whole of body vibration. There don't appear to be any solid metrics associated with fatigue, so this could be a significant study and is the primary focus.
    • Quantify the benefits to operator occupational health associated with a reduction in whole of body vibration. This can be associated with the current ISO 2631-5 standard for Whole of Body Vibration but needs credible independent assessment through a qualified researcher.
    • Quantify the benefits to operator safety (injury risk reduction) associated with a reduction in shock loading transmitted to the operators.

    It should be noted that all competitive technologies in this space utilise suspension seating which does not provide any assistance to standing or prone personnel. The Nauti-Craft system offers the same benefits regardless of whether operators are seated, standing or prone and these benefits need to be quantified in the study.

    Skills Required

    For this project, we are looking for PhD students with:

    • Experience, background and knowledge in:
      • Human factors
      • Human performance
      • Whole of body vibration (desirable)
    • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
    • Strong writing skills to deliver technical and non-technical reports

    Eligibility Information and how to apply

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