Mapping Australia’s Energy Research Capability

Location: Perth, WA

Duration: 5 months

Proposed start date: October 2019

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

Project Background

The current energy resources research landscape across Australia is diverse and fragmented, with little external visibility of the focus areas in any one institution to those outside of academia. This fragmentation leads to risks of repeated work or work going unexplored due to industry’s inability to identify the right skills to undertake work. Establishing a clear picture of where these skills reside will allow industry to more readily identify the skills they need and engage with the right research centres to support their business needs.

Research to be Conducted

The researcher is to explore and identify the skills and expertise in Australia associated with research into oil and gas and associated fields such as offshore foundations etc. coal production and processing and uranium production and processing. The research is to include Australian universities and ongoing research initiatives such as centres of excellence, CRC’s ITTP’s etc and, should time permit, a further exploration of the expertise in associated and emerging fields such as industrial automation, field robotics, industry focused machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following:


  • Ability to conduct social research
  • Ability to conduct qualitative exploratory investigations
  • Ability to conduct quantitative analysis.
  • Ability to conduct organised and timely research tasks


  • Oil & Gas Background or exposure
  • An understanding of research structures in universities

Expected Outcomes

The output of the research is to be a report that can be made publicly available to facilitate deeper industry engagement with identified researcher organisations and research programs.

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.

Applications Close

4 September 2019


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