The three-way partnership gives students access to world class researchers, professionals and infrastructure, with an integrated six month industry placement aimed at connecting research and business to deliver solutions to address real-world problems.
“We have a great opportunity to accelerate how we move from science to solution and at the core of that is a stronger pipeline of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) students into business," said CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall.
"Businesses also have an opportunity to audition their future talent – it’s a win-win-win that will deliver real opportunity for Australia.”
Marshall said Australia was home to some of the world’s most significant inventions, many of which CSIRO has been at the heart of.
“CSIRO is uniquely placed to bridge the gap between education and business. By getting Australia's university students working alongside CSIRO scientists in professional labs, we are giving them unique experimental learning on real projects working closely with industry," he said.
UNSW Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs said the university was 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,” Jacobs said.
“Recruitment for the initial intake of engineering students for 2018 is underway, and our industry partners are buoyed by the prospect of the program and the fantastic opportunity it will provide to our higher degree researchers.”
It is anticipated that building upon the experience from this pilot, the program will be extended in subsequent years to additional universities and all STEM-related disciplines.
Further information and links to the application process can be found at UNSW Industry PhD Program
[CSIRO PhD student Elena Virtue in the organisation's high bio-containment facility in Geelong. Photo: CSIRO]