Opportunity: Postgraduate Research Internship in Office of the Chief Scientist for Australia


Location: Canberra, ACT

Duration: 5 months

Proposed start date: Monday 4th June 2018

Applications close: 28 May 2018

Keywords: Analytical skills, Data Visualisation, Report writing, Communication, Team work, Multidisciplinary

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


The Office of the Chief Scientist supports Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO in his role in providing high-level independent advice to the Prime Minister and other Ministers on matters relating to science, technology and innovation. The Chief Scientist is also an advocate for Australian science domestically and internationally.

A STEM literate and capable workforce is a key component to Australia’s present and continued prosperity and is a significant policy priority of the Australian Government. The Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) is one of the primary sources of advice and evidence on Australia’s STEM workforce.

In 2016 the OCS released for the first time a comprehensive examination of Australia’s STEM workforce using the 2011 Census that mapped the outcomes and trajectories of STEM qualified graduates in both higher education and vocational education and training (VET).

The release of the 2016 Census provides an opportunity to both update the previous work and to advance the evidence base for areas of specific policy interest through examining the role of the STEM workforce. The OCS will be working towards the production of the second edition of the Australia’s STEM Workforce report by the end of 2018.

The OCS is seeking a PhD graduate that can provide a high level of analytical capability to undertake a significant part of the analysis and production of the report, working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Find out more here.