Queensland Government Research and Development Expenditure Report 2017-18

Location: Brisbane, QLD

Duration: 4 to 4.5 months (2 weeks optional)

Proposed start date:  Start date 1:  10 – 28 September 2018. (Optional period)  Start date 2:  12 November 2018 – 15 March 2019 (shorter period can be accommodated)

Keywords: Data science, Data Analysis, Report Writing

Project Background

  • The Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist (OQCS) coordinates the collection of Queensland Government research and development (R&D) expenditure data over each financial year.
  • The Queensland Government R&D expenditure report (‘the report’) provides the government with a financial account of Queensland Government’s R&D investments each year, as well as an estimate of the amount leveraged from external sources.
  • The report can be used to inform government decision making, in particular to provide guidance in directing future research and development investments to meet emerging priorities.
  • A digitised (web page) version of the report has also been produced. This user-friendly platform includes interactive visual elements and key highlights and achievements.
  • Previous copies of the Queensland Government R&D Expenditure Report can be found at http://www.chiefscientist.qld.gov.au/publications/rnd-expenditure-reports.

Research to be Conducted

Optional (10-28 September 2018):

  • Coordinate communication with Queensland Government R&D Liaisons across all government departments and statutory bodies
  • Prepare and present R&D Liaison briefing

Core project (12 November 2018 – 15 March 2019):

  • Collate R&D expenditure data submitted by Queensland Government departments for the 2017-18 financial year
  • Review data for data integrity, duplication, alignment with definition of R&D (OECD – Frascati Manual)
  • Analyse data to determine key 2017-2018 R&D expenditure findings and short and long term trends (longitudinal analysis)
  • Prepare data for publication on Queensland Government Open Data Portal
  • Prepare Queensland Government R&D Expenditure Report 2017-18 and digitised (web based) overview

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following skills


  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Excel skills, including experience with pivot tables
  • Good written communication skills
  • Ability to explain difficult concepts in plain English


  • Understanding of – or ability to acquire understanding of – the science, research and innovation ecosystem in Australia
  • Experience in analysing large data sets

Expected Outcomes

  • The production of the Queensland Government R&D Expenditure Report 2017-18, including development of the digitised (web page) overview of the report
  • Publication of the 2017-2018 Queensland Government R&D expenditure data (post analysis) on the Queensland Government Open Data PortalOFFICE O

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner.  The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

To participate in the APR.Intern program, all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a PhD student currently enrolled at an Australian university
  • PhD candidature must be confirmed
  • Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to undertake the internship. This approval must be submitted at the time of application.
  • Internships are also subject to any requirements stipulated by the student’s and the academic mentor’s university
Applications Close

 4 July 2018


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