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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
  • APR Internship with Juke Services

    Analysing Options Strategies

    Location: Adelaide SA

    Duration: 5 months

    Proposed start date: 4 March 2019

    Please note: Due to funding requirements, students must have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency to apply. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will be ineligible for this project.

    Project Background
    Exchange traded options (ETOs) enable all types of firms worldwide to manage financial risks in their businesses or transfer those risks to another party.

    ETOs, as derivative financial products, are also traded by firms with profit objectives. By buying and selling call options and put options, these firms attempt to generate above-average risk-adjusted returns.

    Using mathematical and statistical techniques it is possible to predict with some accuracy the level of risk firms assume by entering into ETO transactions. As ETOs are time sensitive or wasting assets some traders seek to sell these derivative products in the expectation that the risks they take on will not be realised, generating a consequent profit.

    Since financial markets exhibit a high degree of randomness it is, however, usually not possible to know beforehand which risks will be realised and which will not. Where the risks are realised, the firms will either suffer a financial loss or must enter into further ETO transactions to parlay these risks.

    This project will research the management of scenarios where one or more risks assumed by a firm is likely to be, or has been, realised. Can the outcomes be categorised? If so can a framework be developed to support a decision to either suffer a financial loss or further parlay the risk, and when to make that decision?

    Skills Required

    This project would suit a PhD student with skills in Quantitative Finance, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Computer Engineering, Quantitative Economics or Business.


    • Skills in Mathematics and Statistics


    • Existing knowledge of ETOs is desirable but not essential
    • Programming skills in an appropriate language (VBA is acceptable) is desirable but not essential

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

Applications Close
20 February 2019
  • 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

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