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CSIRO Industry PhD Program (iPhD) scholarship

The CSIRO Industry PhD Program (iPhD) is a four-year research training program, focusing on applied research that benefits industry by solving real-world challenges. It aims to produce the next generation of innovation leaders with the skills to work at the interface of research and industry in Australia.

The Program includes:

  • Admission to a university PhD program.
  • Supervision by the participating university, CSIRO, and an industry partner.
  • A four-year scholarship package totalling $46,000 per annum (2024 rate).  
  • A four-year Project Expense and Development package of $13,000 per annum.
  • A three month industry engagement component with the industry partner.
  • A structured professional development and training program to develop your applied research skills.

Successful students are subject to the policies, procedures and guidelines of the participating university in addition to the CSIRO Industry PhD Program terms and conditions. Students will receive a standard PhD on completion.

Available projects

Advancing passive seismic imaging techniques for energy resource exploration at Canning Basin

This project aims to develop novel seismic imaging techniques to extract the maximum information from exploration data in the Canning Basin. The outcomes include improved techniques to combine active seismology with economic passive seismology to better characterise 3D basin structures and enhance the identification of potential energy resources. This project will bridge academia and industry by fostering collaboration with government agencies and industry partners, which will position Australia as a global leader in subsurface geophysical imaging techniques.

Supervisory team

University

Chengxin Jiang (ANU)

CSIRO

Erdinc Saygin (CSIRO Energy)

Primary location of student

Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, 0200

Other potential locations

CSIRO Kensington, Perth, WA 6151

Industry engagement component location

Buru Energy Limited, Perth, WA 6005 & field sites in the Canning Basin

Ideal student skillset 

Essential:

  • Excellent academic background in geology, geophysics, mathematics and/or physics
  • Substantial research experience with an Honours or Master’s degree
  • Good computational skills in either Python, Matlab or C

Desirable:

  • Knowledge on signal processing and seismic data analysis
  • Exposure to high performance computer programming

Application Close Date 

Open until position filled 

Towards climate resilient crops: Understanding effects of changing climate on crop fungal disease resistance

Rust fungal diseases pose a constant threat to wheat production. Plant resistance genes for fungal diseases are an important and environmentally friendly method of disease control. Multipathogen or adult plant resistance (APR) genes can confer partial resistance to multiple pathogens and differ from classical immune receptor resistance genes. Abiotic factors are known to influence the expression and function of APRs, however, it is unknown how the current repertoire of wheat rust disease resistance genes perform under future predicted environmental conditions.

The proposed PhD project will explore relationships between elevated temperature, CO2 and APR gene function in the broader context of developing climate resilient crops. The overall objective will be to characterise wheat rust interactions under high temperature and CO2 for commercially important APR genes. Anticipated outcomes will be an understanding of effects of elevated temperature and CO2 on APR gene expression and function. APR genes (or combinations) which prove to be effective under predicted future climatic conditions will be identified. The significance of this project relates to documented rises in atmospheric temperature and CO2 levels. The effect of these environmental factors on some plant processes are well characterised, but knowledge for resistance genes in this context is lacking. Expected impacts will be to provide important information into the utility of resistance genes into the future.

Supervisory team

University

John Rathjen (ANU)

CSIRO

Ricky Milne (CSIRO Agriculture and Food)

Primary location of student

Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, 0200

Other potential locations

CSIRO Black Mountain, Acton, ACT 2601

Industry engagement component location

Australian Grain Technologies, Roseworthy SA 5371

Ideal student skillset 

Essential:

  • Undergraduate degree in biology, Honours/Masters in biological research, preferably plant biology and/or molecular biology.

Desirable:

  • Experience working with wheat and/or plant-pathogen interactions

Application Close Date 

Open until position filled 

Eligibility Requirements

 The student must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident, or a New Zealand citizen.  
  • Meet participating university PhD admission requirements.
  • Meet university English language requirements.
  • Not have previously completed a PhD.
  • Be able to commence the Program in the year of the offer.
  • Enrol as a full-time PhD student.
  • Be prepared to be located at the project location(s) that the host university has approved and, if required, comply with the host university’s external enrolment procedures.

Application Process

  1. Applicants are required to submit an expression of interest (EOI).
  2. The EOI is assessed by the supervisory team and shortlisted applicants are interviewed.
  3. The supervisory team nominates a preferred applicant.
  4. The nominated applicant will be instructed to apply.
  5. The application is then assessed by the host university against PhD admission criteria.
  6. The university will issue a letter of offer for the program if all conditions have been satisfied.  

Further information

General Program information:

Subscribe to the iPhD newsletter for up-to-date program information and announcements.  

Project specific information:

  • Contact the nominated supervisors for the project listed above.