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Test drive a research career with CSIRO’s Graduate Fellows program
Finished your degree in maths, stats or engineering? Can’t decide whether to do a PhD or go directly into the workforce? Why not try out a research career with CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics’ Graduate Fellows Program.
1 December 2011 | Updated 9 October 2012
About the Graduate Fellows program
The Graduate Fellows program offers a handful of talented honours graduates the opportunity to solve real world problems and experience a research career with CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics.
The program duration is two years, during which Fellows are paid a salary as a CSIRO employee.
The program takes an 'apprentice approach' where Fellows are mentored by leading research scientists and work on a range of exciting projects. Fellows are encouraged to present their work at a conference at the end of the second year.
The Graduate Fellows program includes:
- a developmental or methodological project that you will be expected to present at a reputable conference
- participation in applied projects which are aligned with the developmental project
- mentoring by leading research scientists
Graduate Fellows positions are available at a number of locations including Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane. The positions are advertised annually around October on the Careers with CSIRO webpage.
Fellowships are available to graduates who have completed an undergraduate degree (preferably with honours) in mathematics, statistics, computational science or engineering within the last eight years.
Applicants will be selected according to their interests and the project needs of the supervisor, taking into account academic merit.
Reasons for the Graduate Fellows program
We created the Graduate Fellows program to support career development in the mathematical sciences.
CSIRO is already supporting the mathematical sciences in Australia on many different levels.
According to a recent report from the Group of Eight universities, Review of Education in Mathematics, Data Science and Quantitative Disciplines, the mathematical sciences are in crisis.
Talented students are not selecting majors in the mathematical sciences, opting for careers in finance and economics where there is perception of a stronger job market.
As a result Australia is experiencing a shortage of talented quantitatively trained students choosing to take up careers in the mathematical sciences.
CSIRO is already supporting the mathematical sciences in Australia on many different levels, by providing:
- education outreach to schools
- internship opportunities
- employment opportunities.
The Graduate Fellows program is just one of the ways CSIRO is helping to support the mathematical sciences pipeline in Australia and encouraging talented students to try out a career in research for two years.
The program aims to bridge the gap between the years after completing an honours degree when students are still deciding about their future and whether to pursue postgraduate studies.
Read more about CSIRO’s work in Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics.