Industry PhD Program

A new program for domestic higher degree research candidates who will become the next leaders and innovators bridging the gap between research and industry.

Registrations for commencement in Semester 1, 2017 have now closed. Registrants will be contacted in due course. The next round will open in 2018

The Program

CSIRO and UNSW are working with leading industry partners to develop the next generation of researchers with the skills to work at the interface of research and industry.

  • A four year program, including a minimum six month industry internship

  • $40K per annum scholarship

  • An elite industry-focused research program

  • Three-way support system by UNSW, CSIRO and an Industry Partner

  • Candidates are matched with an Industry Partner

  • Career and professional development

 

Research areas

The driving force of the iPhD program is the transformation to a knowledge economy. The pilot program is engineering focused and includes the following research focus areas:

  • Computer Science

    Computer Science Research Areas available for application in this round include:

    • Augmented reality for decision making, computer vision.
    • Augmented reality platforms everywhere.
    • Real-time framework for directing interactive experience, storytelling.
    • Machine learning and medical imaging.

    Registrations for commencement in semester 1, 2017 have now closed. Registrants will be contacted in due course. The next round will open in 2018.

  • Electrical Engineering

    Electrical Engineering Research Areas available for application in this round include:

    • Data capture and analytics in smart cities.

    Registrations for commencement in semester 1, 2017 have now closed. Registrants will be contacted in due course. The next round will open in 2018.

  • Materials Engineering

    Materials Engineering Research Areas available for application in this round include:

    • New Product Development in Friction Materials Industry.
    • Advanced magnesium materials from the sea.
    • Water treatment, membrane technology, organic compounds.

    Registrations for commencement in semester 1, 2017 have now closed. Registrants will be contacted in due course. The next round will open in 2018.

  • Energy

    Energy Research Areas available for application in this round include:

    • Energy storage for renewable power generation.
    • Sustainable energy generation and grid connection.
    • Alternative energy technologies.

    Registrations for commencement in semester 1, 2017 have now closed. Registrants will be contacted in due course. The next round will open in 2018.

Industry experience and your career

The Industry PhD Program is set to create a new and unique opportunity to give you the best kick-start to your career.

  • Connections & Training

    Cultivate the skills to deliver world-class research, build the connections, and access the training and development opportunities to achieve the greatest impact for your career.

  • Your Partners

    Successful PhD candidates will be matched with an industry mentor and two research supervisors based on nominated research areas. Industry partners will be your mentors and time in their businesses will provide practical experience.

  • Market Edge

    Learn how decisions are made, how you can make a real difference with your research and how to give yourself a market edge in a six-month industry placement.

Who we are looking for

This program is designed to create industry-savvy professionals who will deliver world-class research that makes an impact on industry, the economy and the broader society. We’re looking for candidates who can demonstrate leadership and innovative thinking along with academic excellence.

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  • Demonstrated academic excellence and innovation

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  • Strong communication and leadership skills

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  • Industry awareness

The program is open to local applicants who meet the entry criteria to the PhD.

Registrations for commencement in Semester 1, 2017 have now closed. Registrants will be contacted in due course. The next round will open in 2018.

UNSW and CSIRO

Collectively UNSW and CSIRO will administer and support the program and provide the scholarship. We will also provide a tailored program of coursework and skills development, and each PhD candidate will receive access to world leading researchers and infrastructure at CSIRO and UNSW.

  • About UNSW

    UNSW is proud to be a university that crosses research boundaries. We are experts in science, social sciences, engineering, built environment and medicine, in professional fields like law and business, and in more traditional spaces like the creative and performing arts, and humanities.

    We also celebrate our interdisciplinary research in areas including grand challenges such as climate change, refugees and migration and inequality. UNSW is steeped in tradition yet focused on innovation, offering degrees in both established and emerging fields to reflect the changing nature of research in Australia.

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    “UNSW is excited to deliver the pilot program in partnership with CSIRO and industry. Knowledge exchange is at the heart of our Strategy 2025 and highlights our commitment to driving innovation through the development of future professionals.”

    Ian Jacobs

    President and Vice-Chancellor UNSW

  • About CSIRO

    At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. Our innovations contribute billions of dollars to the Australian economy every year. As the largest patent holder in the nation, our vast wealth of intellectual property has led to more than 150 spin-off companies. With more than 5,000 experts and a burning desire to get things done, we are Australia’s catalyst for innovation.

    CSIRO. We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate.

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    “This unique program will inspire a new generation of agile graduates who will be able to move seamlessly between academia and industry. It will create a real pipeline of talent, enabling students to solve real world problems that benefit the nation, giving industry the benefit of agile young minds and increasing employment options for graduates. The ability to easily move between academia, industry and applied research will be a huge asset for graduates – setting them up for impressive careers as industry experts and problem solvers.”

    Larry Marshall

    Chief Executive CSIRO

Diversity

Both UNSW and CSIRO are committed to being exemplars in equity, diversity, inclusion and to being employers of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. Our aim is to achieve this by embracing the diversity and cultural richness of our communities, ensuring that our staff and students can achieve their full potential in a supportive and inclusive work environment. Our diversity commitment aligns to our strong sense of social responsibility and our belief that a diverse workforce enhances our ability to deliver world class research, teaching excellence and thought leadership.