PhD industry placements

PhD industry placement students can give you and your business new perspectives, new methodologies and innovative ideas.

When you host a Swinburne PhD placement student, you'll be connected to our considerable resources to help develop solutions and generate new ideas.

Swinburne PhD students are highly trained in critical thinking and problem solving. They have advanced knowledge of the latest technologies in their field.

Options for PhD industry placements


A small group of PhD students from different disciplines undertake a consultancy on a particular workplace challenge you have identified. You provide a detailed briefing about the problem. The students research the problem, identify potential solutions and analyse how thse options would suit your situation, write a report with recommended solutions, and present to your management team.

These projects typically last 1–2 months and students visit your site as often as required.

The students are unpaid. Consultancy projects could lead to internships and placement opportunities.

Internship projects

For an internship project, a PhD student completes a project in industry related to their skills and expertise (such as conducting an audit, feasibility study, analysis or characterisation).

These projects are of short duration (up to one month) and the student may visit your workplace once or twice a week.

These projects are generally unpaid.


A PhD student is offered a full-time, paid placement lasting 1–3 months. Placements are ideal for students who have recently submitted their PhDs and awaiting their examiner reports. Prospective students are shortlisted and interviewed by the employer to ensure appropriate fit in specific skill sets. The student is based in your workplace for the duration of the placement.


Swinburne University of Technology/PhD student, Sergei Chichin, was matched with BMT to apply his specialised computational mechanism design skills to optimise development of an in-house design tool.

“Sergei’s specialist optimisation and software design knowledge helped us overcome major hurdles in the automation of compartment arrangement and incorporation of in-house knowledge into the design tool,”

Aidan Depetro, BMT Design and Technology Senior Engineer

When the Henrob internship was advertised, Rez Haque knew he would be able to contribute to and profit from the project, as his PhD in Mechanical Engineering looked specifically at these special “self-piercing” rivets.

Stuart Blacket, Managing Director of Henrob, was keen to capitalise on the knowledge and innovation developed by Rez in his PhD at Swinburne.

“The project resulted in a greater understanding of the Henrob self-piercing system, including its limitations and how additional research in specific areas may lead to reduced carbon emissions,”

Stuart Blacket, Henrob Managing Director

Want to know more?

Contact the PhD industry placements team to discuss hosting a Swinburne PhD research student. We’ll work with you to explain the process and consult with you to find an appropriate pool of candidates to select for interview. You review the resumes and conduct the interviews – the choice of student is yours.

T: +61 3 9214 0000


Our placement partners

We are currently partnering with the following companies for PhD industry placements:

  • 2CRisk Health Software
  • ABBE Corrugated
  • Australian Road Research Board
  • Choice Career Services
  • Curve Tomorrow
  • Digital Agricultural Services
  • HubHello ANZ
  • Metro Trains Melbourne
  • OptoTech Pty Ltd
  • Opturion Pty Ltd
  • Rubix Consulting
  • Second Sight Pty Ltd
  • Wolters Kluwer.